Chelsea target Sergio Aguero ready to leave Atletico Madrid if the price is right
Sergio Aguero has opened the door to a move to Chelsea by admitting he is prepared to leave Atletico Madrid.
The Argentina striker is determined to see the season out with the La Liga strugglers, but is willing to change clubs at the end of the season if the price is right.
Stamford Bridge boss Carlo Ancelotti is a confirmed admirer of the 21-year-old and would ideally like to add him to the ranks in January, when Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are expected to be called up for the Africa Cup of Nations.
But Aguero said: ‘I’ve always told the club that from now until June I’ll stay here. Then we will see what they do.
‘If in June the club still needs money, there are ways to help.
‘This is my home, but if the club have to sell me, I must go. I know nothing. Now I need to concentrate on getting us into Europe.’
Aguero starred in Atletico’s 4-0 victory over Espanyol on Sunday, scoring twice and making the other two. It was only their second League win of the season, leaving them 17th.
Atleti’s debts will make it difficult to resist bids for their star players, particularly if they lose Champions League revenue next season.
Aguero has a buy-out clause worth £54million, but Chelsea will open the bidding closer to the £40m mark, which would still smash the British record £34m that Manchester City paid Real Madrid for Robinho 15 months ago.
Ancelotti and Atletico may try to convince the former Independiente star to move this winter, but a compromise would be for Chelsea to sign him in January and loan him back to the Spaniards until the end of the season.
The Blues, whose FIFA-imposed transfer ban has temporarily been suspended pending an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, know it would be a risk to wait until the summer to get their man.
Manchester United and Liverpool have previously tracked Aguero, but it remains to be seen whether they will make a new bid for him.