Sergio Aguero Transfer Interest Denied by Barcelona to Relief of Manchester City

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Sergio Aguero of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at the Etihad Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Barcelona have distanced themselves from a move for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, despite speculation rising that the Catalan giants were looking to recruit the Argentinian international.

Barca vice president Josep Bartomeu addressed the rumours, according to the Daily Mail's Pete Jenson, stating: "No we have had no contact with him. I can say that the story is not true."

Bartomeu (left)
Bartomeu (left)David Ramos/Getty Images

The comments will please Manchester City officials and fans, who will be eager to hold onto the attacking figure who famously brought the club their first Premier League title in the 2011/12 season.

Aguero has made a fine start to the current campaign and currently leads the Premier League scoring charts, netting 10 times in 12 outings thus far.

2013/14 European League Top Scorers
Sergio Aguero (Premier League)Cristiano Ronaldo (La Liga)Robert Lewandowski (Bundesliga)Giuseppe Rossi (Serie A)Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Ligue 1)
League Games Played1214141414
Avg. Goal Per Game Ratio0.831.210.790.860.79

While a move would make sense to Aguero's Argentinian countryman and Barca boss Gerardo Martino, Jenson's report goes on to allege that it's the fractious relationship between senior boardroom figures of the respective clubs that could prevent a deal from going through:

Aguero’s agent moved to Barcelona from Buenos Aires this year and Barcelona coach Tata Martino is also a fan, but City chief executive Ferran Soriano’s relationship with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has deteriorated dramatically since he left the club and that would be a major stumbling block to any move.

Ferran Soriano was an official at the Camp Nou for five years before eventually making his way to the Etihad in 2012. Txiki Begiristain followed a similar path to Manchester and now serves as the Citizens' director.

According to Transfermarkt, Aguero scored six goals in 11 appearances against Barcelona from his time as Atletico Madrid's front man.

The striker currently boasts a superior scoring record compared to his days playing in the Spanish top flight and is enjoying his football in England.

Manuel Pellegrini has one of the most threatening forward lines in Europe, with Alvaro Negredo, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko all providing support to Aguero, but it's the 25-year-old South American who reigns as the club's attacking focus.

For now, City are safe in knowing that Barca won't be coming in for their star striker anytime soon, but there's plenty of time for the Spaniards' interest to increase should his scoring statistics continue to soar.