The Daily Mail reports that Athletico Madrid are set to offer Chelsea target Sergio Aguero a bumper new contract. The Spanish side are desperate to keep hold of their Argentine striker and are willing to offer him a £200,000 a week deal which runs until 2015 in order to starve off interest from Premier League clubs, most notably Chelsea. The 22-year-old already has a £50m buyout clause and this could increase further as part of the deal.
Blues alerted to 15m Benzema.
According to Sport.com Chelsea are on red alert following the news that Karim Benzema could be sold in January after failing to impress Jose Mourinho. The French striker, who cost Los Blancos €35m, should be available for a cut price £15m. Juventus are believed to be the forerunners in the chase for the 22-year-old but the Blues and Manchester United are also long term admirers and could join in the January transfer battle.
Buck – We won’t leave the Bridge.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has revealed that the Blues have no intention of leaving Stamford Bridge. The stadium, which has been their home for the last 105 years, only has a 41,000 capacity and Chelsea cannot match the gate receipts of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Buck, however, admitted that the club would be remaining at the Bridge for the foreseeable future:
“There is a lot of history and tradition at Stamford Bridge, so it’s very, very difficult for us to make the philosophical decision that we are going to move on. Certainly we wouldn’t leave West London or thereabouts and there are very few sites available. We have to do things with our other commercial activities to make up the deficit that is created by the fact we don’t have a 60,000-seat stadium. I can’t say we will never move or have a new arena but at the moment it’s not at the front of our agenda.”