Manchester City took Sergio Agüero from Atlético Madrid in July 2011 and months before he arrived in England, the striker had then expressed his wish to continue in Spain.

Barcelona were one of the clubs who then showed interest in the 32-year-old before he ended up joining the Premier League side, and the Catalan club’s past interest in the Argentina international is reported by ESPN Deportes.

It’s claimed the La Liga side wanted him in 2011 and ‘even more’ so in 2014, before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

According to the claims, Barca’s then sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta was looking to negotiate for the former Atlético star’s transfer with the Citizens.

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The Spanish club were left ‘without luck’ as they failed to sign the South American on two different occasions in the past.

Agüero, who is currently sidelined with an injury, is City’s all-time leading goalscorer and is in his final year of contract at the Etihad.

Having missed out on the Argentine in 2014, Barcelona ended up signing Luis Suárez from Liverpool, and the Uruguayan left Camp Nou for Atlético last month.