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Sergio Aguero will leave a huge void for Manchester City fans when he leaves the club (Martin Rickett/PA)

Sergio Aguero will leave a huge void for Manchester City fans when he leaves the club (Martin Rickett/PA)

Sergio Aguero will leave a huge void for Manchester City fans when he leaves the club (Martin Rickett/PA)

Chelsea are emerging as leading contenders to sign Sergio Aguero when he leaves Manchester City on a free transfer this summer.

The Argentine striker has confirmed he will end his enduring spell at City at the end of this season, with his stunning record since his arrival in the summer of 2011 cementing his reputation as a Premier League legend.

Real Madrid and Barcelona were believed to be at the front of the queue to sign Aguero, but Chelsea are now believed to have made contact with his advisers over a possible deal.

The Daily Mail are among those reporting Aguero is a top transfer target for Chelsea, with the striker who has scored 181 goals in the Premier League still a player in demand at the age of 34.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta worked with Aguero during his time on Manchester City's coaching staff, but he has confirmed the striker will not be on his wanted list as despite doubts lingering over the future of Alexandre Lacazette at the club.

When asked whether the Gunners could make a move for Aguero," Arteta replied: "No, no, no... we will see what happens with him in the future.

"Anybody that has been close to Sergio would say the same thing," said Arteta, who served as assistant to Pep Guardiola at City from 2016-2019.

"He has probably been the main face or one of the three main faces that has lifted that project. You need some leadership, some quality, players to create moments to start to build a project like they did and Sergio is probably the biggest face on that project.

"It is not only the way in which he plays [but] his charisma, personality and the way he is. He is loved by everybody at the club.

"It is sad to see someone leaving like him but I think what he has done there he will be in the history."

Meanwhile, Manchester City have confirmed they will erect a statue for Aguero after his stunning contribution to their success story in the last decade, with his injury-time title-winning goal in 2012 the greatest moment in the club's history.

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