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Chelsea on verge of signing Sergio
Agüero for £40m from Atlético Madrid
Chelsea are expected to clinch a British-record £40 million transfer deal to sign the Argentine international
Sergio Agüero at a meeting scheduled with his agents next Monday.
By Jason Burt
Published: 6:15AM GMT 18 Nov 2009
At that time Agüero had demanded a salary of more than £6 million-a-year which would have made him Chelsea’s highest paid player – which the club balked at – but it is hoped he will now compromise on his wages.
Chelsea will meet his agent Bruno Satin, who is head of the football division of IMG, one of the world’s biggest sports agencies, on Monday to hopefully agree a deal after Atlético finally sanctioned Agüero’s sale earlier this week.
The Spanish club are still hoping to receive more than £50 million for Agüero but, it’s understood, are now more willing to compromise on the transfer fee if a deal can be done.
Nevertheless, a transfer of £40 million would represent a Premier League record, smashing the £32.5 million paid last year by Manchester City for Robinho, and would also be a restatement of Chelsea’s intent, having not spent hugely under owner Roman Abramovich over the past three years.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has targeted Agüero as one of his major signings during the January transfer window.
The club have been given permission to buy and sell after the Fifa-imposed transfer ban, following the Gaël Kakuta affair, was frozen pending an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Agüero scored two spectacular goals during the recent 2-2 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League. After the match Ancelotti joked that he would like to sign the exciting striker but it appears he was deadly earnest.
A meeting took place earlier this week with Chelsea discussing their strategy as to how they could acquire Agüero. Satin has also been demanding a hefty agent’s fee – thought to be as much as £5 million – for the deal to go through but, again, he may be willing to compromise.
If Chelsea sign Agüero, as all parties now expect, it will represent something of a coup especially as it was thought they may struggle to acquire big-name players in January.
Indeed Chelsea may follow up the deal with a move for Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery, who would command a similar fee and who is also greatly admired by Ancelotti.
The deal for Agüero is sensitive for Atlético, who have struggled this season. The striker is their main asset and also a huge fans’ favourite and the club’s board has been concerned about alienating supporters.
Satin is in Brazil at the moment, having also travelled to Argentina, to try to clinch a number of deals to sign players who could replace Agüero in the fans’ affection.
Such is Chelsea’s determination to secure the deal they may, eventually, be willing to go beyond the apparent ceiling of £40 million that was set to sign Agüero.
They are acutely aware that if their CAS appeal fails, they cannot make another signing for some time. Even so Agüero will not be eligible for Chelsea in the Champions League this season, having already played for Atlético.
If Agüero does sign it will cast some doubt on the first-team future of Nicolas Anelka, with Ancelotti set to partner the Argentine with Didier Drogba in a preferred two-man attack.
Chelsea also remain keen on Benfica’s Angel Di Maria, but deem the fee demanded for him too high, and Everton’s Jack Rodwell.
Who is Sergio Agüero?
Born: Sergio Leonel Agüero del Castillo at Quilmes, Argentina, on June 2, 1988. Joined Independiente as schoolboy and at 15 years and 35 days beat Diego Maradona’s record as youngest player to make debut in Argentinian top flight.
May, 2006: Joined Atlético Madrid for £16 million and has scored 45 goals in 122 appearances.
Engaged to Maradona’s daughter, Giannina, with whom he has a son.