“I am now a City player. I’m happy to be at this club and in this city. Thanks everyone for the welcome and the reception!!!”
Those were the words of Sergio Aguero, the former Atlético Madrid idol, who late Wednesday evening confirmed, via Twitter, that his move to Manchester City was complete. The same platform he used to drop the bomb on Atleti supporters in late May that he was ready to abandon the Vicente Calderón.
Neither City nor Atletico have officially confirmed the 23-year-old’s transfer, which is expected to be for a price right at or just below the striker’s release clause of €45 million.
City did confirm through their official account however, that Aguero was in town Wednesday morning to negotiate the terms of his deal.
Kun will reportedly sign a six-year contract and will earn, according to Spanish paper El Pais, €9 million per year. Had he stayed around at Atletico for another season, he was set to make €7.5 million after taxes.
The sale of the Argentina international ends a long, frustrating two-month saga for Atleti fans, throughout which it had repeatedly been speculated Kun would be joining bitter rivals Real Madrid.
Many sources claimed that indeed the Santiago Bernabéu was the attacker’s desired destination, but for various reasons, a cross city move was blocked.
Atletico officials have reportedly inserted a clause in the sale contract that would prevent Aguero from joining Real within the next two years.
Sporting director Jose Luis Caminero will look to bring in reinforcements following the big-money sales of goalkeeper David de Gea and now Kun.
Atleti is expected to use the roughly €65 million of summer income to fortify its attack, by snatching up at least one proven forward and a creative midfielder.
Rumoured targets include Giuseppe Rossi, Borja Valero, Osvaldo, and Diego, among others.