Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would have no problem with Sergio Aguero joining a Premier League rival in the summer transfer window.
A host of clubs across Europe have been linked with the striker, who will leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season after a glittering career in Manchester.
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring the Argentine’s situation closely, with Arsenal also linked thanks to the connection to Mikel Arteta, whom Aguero worked under at City.
And Guardiola has admitted that he would have no issue with the club’s all-time top scorer remaining in England and joining another side in the top flight, even if they had to face Aguero.
“All of us wish the best for him,’ said Guardiola in his pre-match press conference. “We’ll be delighted with the decision he takes, the best for him and his family, to find the best for Sergio for the last years of his career.
“My preference is his preference. His preference is my preference. The best for him is the best for us.”
Since his impending departure was confirmed, shirt sales with ‘Aguero 10’ on the back have sky-rocketed, while the club have announced a statue of the forward will be cast in his honour.
Guardiola continued: “Sergio is a lovely person with specific qualities and skills, I understand him, I know him, and I understand he needs time to get in the best condition.”
Arsenal are the less likely of the two London-based outfits to make a move for the forward given the fact they recently secured captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a three year contract reportedly worth up to £300,000 per week.
Chelsea however, may be tempted, given the struggles in front of goal their current crop of attackers are facing.
Summer signing Timo Werner has scored just twice in five months, with Tammy Abraham also either misfiring or ruled out through injury.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel could see Aguero as a suitable option to help nurture the younger forwards as the Blues bid to mount a serious title tilt next season in the German’s first full campaign in charge of the club.