Sergio Aguero is leaving Manchester City at the expiration of his contract at the end of this season after a trophy-laden decade at the Etihad.
The Argentine striker is closing in on his fifth Premier League title with City this season, has won the League Cup five times with the chance of sixth next month and faces Chelsea next month as City bid for a second FA Cup title since Aguero arrived.
A move to Chelsea this summer, who are definitely in the market for a striker, might seem fanciful but if Aguero still wants to compete at the highest level a little longer before riding off into the sunset in the MLS or perhaps back at former club Independiente, it can’t be completely ruled out.
Chelsea almost signed Aguero before he joined City but Atletico Madrid raised their asking price and City paid it. Then in 2017, the Blues were linked with another swoop for Aguero on the back of a 20-goal season for the frontman.
Diego Costa had fallen out with Antonio Conte and Chelsea were in the market for a new striker, just like they are now, and were linked with Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang before eventually plumping for Alvaro Morata instead.
As recently as January 2021, the Blues were still being linked with a move for Aguero as rumours began to emerge that the striker would not be staying in Manchester beyond the end of his contract this season.
Thomas Tuchel looks set to be active in the transfer market this summer, with Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku reportedly on the radar. City too will be on the hunt for a new hitman as well with Aguero leaving the club.
Could Aguero be a potential short-term fix for Chelsea? It would be a risk after a couple of injury-hit seasons for the 32-year-old but on his day, at full fitness, he’s still as lethal a striker as anyone around.
Do Chelsea have a potential trump card in securing Aguero’s signature? Well, maybe so – Willy Caballero.
The two Argentines have played together at club level with City. The goalkeeper was at the Etihad for three years having joined City from Malaga in 2014, three years after Aguero pitched up at the Etihad.
Caballero then moved to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2017 on a free transfer after Chelsea sold second-choice stopper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth with Thibaut Courtois the first choice stopper at the club.
The dupo have also played plenty of times together for Argentina earlier in their careers. Caballero was first choice stopper for his country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia initially before being dropped, while Aguero led the line for Jorge Sampaoli’s side.
You never know, the Blues stopper – who is out of contract at Chelsea this summer – might want to put in a good word for his current employers to Aguero if the club decide they will take a chance.