Arsenal and Chelsea were both interested in securing the services of Sergio Aguero before Barcelona signed him, according to the player’s father.
The Argentine has signed a two-year deal with the Catalan giants as he prepares to end his glittering 10-year spell at Etihad Stadium ending rumours surrounding a move to another Premier League team.
Arsenal head-coach Mikel Arteta had previously ruled his side out of the running to secure the services of Aguero as a free agent, however, the striker’s father Leonel El Castillo has revealed that the Gunners were indeed interested alongside Chelsea.
Speaking to Radio La Red, El Castillo said: “My son was waiting right up to the last moment to renew with City but it didn’t happen.
“He didn’t know what was going to happen with his future. There were several clubs interested in signing him. Arsenal were interested in him and Chelsea to the last minute. If he didn’t stay in England, it was going to be Italy or Spain.
“He is happy right now after signing for Barcelona. I see him happy. He’s been friends with Lionel Messi since they were 15 and they’ve always talked. It looks like Messi is going to stay at Barcelona so they’re going to play together.”
Serie A giants, Juventus were also rumoured to be in the race for Aguero’s services, however, Aguero was keen on to play alongside with his best friend Lionel Messi.