When it rains, it pours. And this was never truer than in the case of FC Barcelona.
Already reeling from the exit of its greatest ever player Lionel Messi, who looks certain to sign for continental rival PSG in a matter of hours, the club received more bad news on Sunday.
Once new signing Sergio Aguero was a no show for the Joan Gamper Trophy won 3-0 against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus on Sunday, many thought it was a continuation of the Argentine trying to force his own departure from the outfit he signed for just over two months ago on a free contract.
On Friday, it was reported that after having been promised the opportunity to finally play alongside close friend Messi at club level, Manchester City’s all-time greatest scorer had advised his lawyers to look at ways of tearing up his $5.9 per season, two-year contract.
Now, however, it has been revealed that ‘Kun’ did indeed have good reason to sit out the traditional preseason fixture.
In a short statement on Twitter, the club confirmed: “Tests carried out on first team player Kun Aguero have confirmed a right calf injury. He will be out around ten weeks.”
The La Liga season starting on Sunday against Real Sociedad, Mundo Deportivo write this morning that Barca are “combing” through the market looking for a possible new striker.
The Dane has impressed in preseason, but it is still possible that a buyer comes from the Premier League
In the campaign opener on August 15, the same attack that did so well against Juve – Memphis Depay-Braithwaite-Antoine Griezmann from left to right – could feature, but further problems could spring up if Barca do not resolve their most pressing financial woes.
Still juggling with the “salary mass” cap issues that led to Messi ending his 21-year relationship with his boyhood outfit, there is also a chance that Memphis – the scorer of two goals in his appearances thus far – cannot be registered for the Spanish top flight alongside Aguero plus other new signings Emerson Royal and Eric Garcia.