Manchester City star Sergio Aguero is wanted by Independiente, the Argentine club’s coach Julio Falcioni revealed on Tuesday.
Runaway English Premier League leaders City announced on Monday that Aguero, 32, would leave the club at the end of this season.
And record seven-time Copa Libertadores winners Independiente are trying to tempt the Argentine back to his hometown club.
“We’re calling him to see if he’s interested. It would be a pleasure to manage him again,” said Falcioni, who is in his second stint as the Red Devils’ coach having managed Aguero for one year during his first spell at the team based in Avellaneda, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Aguero is rumored to be on the hit list of some of Europe’s biggest clubs such as Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
“Here, he won’t be able to sign something similar to what he earns there, but he would be back amongst friends, defending the colors he loves,” Falcioni told TyC Sports channel.
Aguero is a legend at Manchester City having scored the dramatic 94th-minute goal against Queens Park Rangers in May 2012 to give the club their first top flight title in 54 years — even more satisfyingly at the expense of their great city rivals Manchester United.
In a decade in Manchester he has helped the club win the Premier League title four times, with a fifth crown almost certain to be secured within the next two months.
He has been City’s all-time record goalscorer since 2017 and currently has 80 goals more than the next highest goalscorer, Eric Brook.
“The aim to call him will be to propose a return home, to the country, where he can be comfortable and help Independiente be better,” said Falcioni
Aguero made his debut in the red shirt of Independiente aged just 15 in 2003 and thus surpassed the late, great Diego Maradona as the youngest player to play in the Argentine top division — a record that had been set in 1976.