Barcelona have tabled a formal €38m for Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero as new manager Luis Enrique begins to ramp up efforts to overhaul an under-performing squad, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.
Enrique has quite surprisingly made persuading City to part with Aguero his top priority this summer, eyeing a formidable South American trio comprising of the 25-year-old, Lionel Messi and Neymar in attack at the Camp Nou next season.
Aguero was hampered by injuries throughout the 2013-14 campaign but still managed to main a terrific strike rate, scoring 17 goals in 23 Premier League games and 28 in all competitions.
Barca have taken note of that ruthless streak in the final third and Sport believe Aguero has received their interest warmly, but agreeing a fee with City for a forward at the peak of his powers looks a difficult task to say the least.
City signed the striker from Atletico Madrid in 2011 for a fee in the region of €45m, making it extremely unlikely that they will be willing to part with a prizes asset at a reduced price three years later.
The Calatan giants are in this transfer chase for the long haul though and believe the lure of La Liga can turn Aguero's head, setting out the stall for what promises to be one of the summer's longest-running transfer sagas.
Barca's great rivals Real Madrid are also thought to be interested in signing Aguero after giving up on the chase for Liverpool marksman Luis Suarez, with the pressure now on City to rebuff offers for their most feared forward.