Sergio Aguero will join Barcelona on a free transfer following his departure from Manchester City.
The 32-year-old underwent a medical at Camp Nou on Monday before signing a two-year contract with the Blaugrana.
Barca moved for Aguero after City’s decision to let the striker go at the end of his contract, bringing to an end his trophy-laden ten-year spell in Manchester.
Barca have said in a statement on their official website: “FC Barcelona and Sergio ‘Kun’ Aguero have reached an agreement for the player to join the Club from 1 July when his contract with Manchester City expires.
“The player will sign a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season and his buy out clause is set at 100 million euros (£86m/$122m).”
“I am very happy, I will try to do my best for the club, help the team win important things. It is an immense joy,” he said at a press conference following his unveiling as a Barcelona player.
“For me, Barca has always been the best team in the world and Leo [Messi] is also there.
“I told [president Joan] Laporta before that as a boy I said: ‘One day they will surely notice me.’ And here I am. I didn’t imagine it, but anyone runs to sign for Barca.”
He added: “When Barca asked about me, I didn’t even hesitate. I told my agent that I didn’t want him to talk to another team, only Barca.
“It was an immense joy when they contacted my agent. I’ve been interested since I was 14 years old.”
The 32-year-old’s arrival at Camp Nou could see him play alongside his national team-mate Messi.
But the six-time Ballons d’Or winner could still leave the club this summer when his contract expires.
But Aguero hopes Messi decides to stay and is optimistic about the chances of that happening.
“We hope to play together, of course. But we have been negotiating for a long time, these are decisions that Leo will make with the club. It will be a pleasure and pride to play together.
“I have known him for a long time and I think he will stay.”
He continued: “I speak [to Messi] every day, in the last message he congratulated me. We have known each other for a long time and for me playing now and training with him every day is going to be much easier.”
Barca took the decision to sell star striker Luis Suarez to Atletico Madrid last summer without signing a replacement, which left Lionel Messi shouldering the main goalscoring burden for the team in 2020-21.
Ronald Koeman’s men were able to achieve success in the Copa del Rey, but fell short in the Champions League and La Liga, with Atletico ultimately clinching their first title since 2013-14 thanks to Suarez’s prolific form in the final third.
Barca will hope that Aguero can have a similar impact next season, despite the fact that the Argentine struggled for form and fitness during his final campaign at Etihad Stadium.
Aguero is set to link up with his international team-mate and close friend Messi at Camp Nou, and they will be expected to strike up a strong partnership as the Blaugrana aim to return to elite level on both domestic and European fronts.
Aguero leaves Man City with his status as a club legend firmly intact, having helped the Manchester outfit win five Premier League titles, one FA Cup and six League Cups during his time in English football.
The experienced frontman, who initially moved to the Etihad for £35 million ($50m) from Atletico in 2011, hit 260 goals in 390 matches across all competitions for City – becoming their all-time record scorer in the process.
Aguero signed off in the Premier League with a trademark double in a 5-0 thrashing of Everton on the last day of the season, but suffered heartbreak in his final outing for Pep Guardiola’s side as they lost 1-0 to Chelsea in their first-ever Champions League final appearance.