Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero was on the brink of completing a ￡38 million (US$62.2 million) transfer to Manchester City yesterday and was undergoing a medical at a local hospital, reports said.
Sky Sports News showed footage of Aguero arriving at Manchester Airport, before he was whisked away by City officials to complete the formalities of his move to the English Premier League side.
“Just arrived in Manchester to tie up the details of the signing for City,” Aguero said on his Twitter feed.
“Everything is going well,” he added. “I’ll tell you more in a little while.”
Aguero, the 23-year-old son-in-law of Argentina legend Diego Maradona, is seen as the answer to City’s problems in attack, where unsettled compatriot Carlos Tevez has reiterated his desire to leave the club.
Juventus had also been chasing the diminutive forward, who upstaged teammate Lionel Messi at the Copa America by scoring three times in four games.
Aguero was one of the few bright spots for Argentina, who bowed out of the event they were hosting at the quarter-final stage after a penalty shootout defeat to eventual champions Uruguay.
British press reported yesterday that City had reached agreement with Atletico over Aguero following the intervention of club chairman Khaldoon al-Mubarak.
Aguero has spent five seasons at Atletico Madrid where he won the Europa League in 2009-2010.
Aguero’s transfer will be City’s third signing of the summer following the arrival of Gael Clichy from Arsenal and Stefan Savic from Partizan Belgrade.