Spanish club, Barcelona have included a 100 million euro buyout clause in their two-year contract with striker, Sergio Aguero.
This means any club that wants to sign the 32-year-old Argentine from Barcelona can pay the stated amount, without any opposition from the Catalans, while they discuss personal terms with the player.
The clause was revealed when Barcelona confirmed the signing of the former Manchester City striker on a free transfer on Monday.
The amount has surprised some fans as the player is on the wrong side of 30 and only played six times in the league last season.
Spanish clubs are required to add buyout clauses to every player’s contract.
While most purchases using the clause have been uneventful, like Thomas Partey’s move last summer to Arsenal, one in particular, courting global controversy.
Barcelona and La Liga, in 2017, attempted to block Neymar’s move to PSG, even though the French club activated the Brazilian’s €222m buyout clause.
The player eventually completed a move to the French capital.
Aguero signs for the Catalan club on a two-year deal, following the expiration of his contract with Man City.
The Argentine left City as their highest-ever goalscorer, winning five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups while in Manchester.
He scored 260 goals in 390 games at Man City, and is currently the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of the Premier League.
He also became the player with the most goals for a single Premier League club after his brace on the final day of the season against Everton.
Aguero was a second-half substitute in Man City’s 1-0 UEFA Champions League final loss to Chelsea on Saturday, his final game for Pep Guardiola’s side.
He played a minor role in City’s most recent title-winning season, making just six appearances but his contribution to City’s first top-flight title back in 2012 will live long in the memory.
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His last-minute winner against QPR won the title for City on goal difference, on the final day of the season.
Aside from being one of the world’s most prolific goalscorers, Aguero is also a very close friend of Lionel Messi.
With Messi’s contract expiring, it is believed that Barcelona hope that signing Aguero will help convince him to stay at the club.