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Sergio Aguero wants £10m Celtic and Newcastle target to join Man City instead

Celtic, Wolves and Newcastle United are watching Valentin Barco but Premier League legend Sergio Aguero is backing the Boca Juniors starlet to join Manchester City instead. 

Alexis Mac Allister might have some competition in the rather niche battle to be named Argentina’s most Scottish-looking footballer.

Valentin Barco, with his mop of red hair and his Cravendale-coloured complexion, certainly stands out on the pitch for Boca Juniors. But not just for his appearance.  

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The 19-year-old left-back, who can also play further forward in midfield, has been one of the revelations of South American football over the last few months, with clubs ranging from Real Madrid to Celtic, Manchester City to Nottingham Forest, Barcelona to Wolves all making notes on his progression (90Min). 

Valentin Barco is a Premier League target

Argentina legend Juan Roman Riquelme, now Boca’s vice-president, describes Barco as ‘technically very good’ (The Argus). The Guardian, back in 2021, included the teenager in their list of ‘the best young talents in world football’, Barco featuring alongside Romeo Lavia, Youssoufa Moukoko, Julio Encisco, Gavi and new £14 million Chelsea starlet Angelo Gabriel.

And, as far as Sergio Aguero is concerned, Barco is destined to end up at the reigning European champions, amid claims that the City Football Group are closing in on a deal for a player with a £10 million release clause in his contract. 

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“(Barco) plays well. Very good player,” the Man City legend says on his Twitch channel. “Is he going to stay a little longer in Boca or not? I don’t think he will stay for a long time. He is very good.  

“City will surely sign him.”  

Manchester City ‘will surely sign’ Valentin Barco

It remains to be seen if Barco would immediately become part of Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans at the Etihad Stadium, or whether he would be loaned out to one of City’s many sister clubs. Girona, for instance, have benefitted immensely from their partnership with the treble-winners.

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