Chelsea’s reported pursuit of new Barcelona striker Sergio Aguero may well have come to a sudden end after the striker suffered another setback amid a turbulent start to his time in Catalonia.
However, a dramatic turn in events has led to the Barca legend leaving the club. Financial issues mean that the board were unable to offer Messi a new contract, despite reaching an agreement on terms and the 34-year-old expressing his wishes to stay.
The statement on the Barcelona website read: “Despite having reached an agreement between FC Barcelona and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it cannot be formalised due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish La Liga regulations).
“Given this situation, Lionel Messi will not continue linked to FC Barcelona. Both parties deeply regret that the wishes of both the player and the Club cannot finally be fulfilled.
“Barca would like to thank with all its heart the player’s contribution to the enhancement of the institution and wishes him the best in his personal and professional life.”
Messi responded in his own press conference, an occasion in which Aguero attended, stating his sadness at the decision enforced upon the club by La Liga.
“It was clear everything was sorted, everything was ready, there were no problems,” the 34-trophy winner revealed to the Spanish press on Sunday.
“It wasn’t what we planned but on my part, I never tried to trick anyone.”
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner now looks set to join French giants Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent in a mega-money deal for the Argentine himself.
As a result, Aguero was reportedly looking for an early escape, with the ongoing financial crisis meaning he is still unable to be registered by Barcelona.
However, the Man City legend – who struggled with a number of injuries during the latter stages of his Premier League career – has now picked up another problem.
It has been reported that the forward will be out for at least 10 weeks with a tendon injury in his calf. That will likely end the chances of Aguero agreeing a deal anywhere other than Barcelona, with the transfer window closing in just over three weeks’ time.