Chelsea are monitoring the developments of Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero after the striker’s advisers tried to get the club to reduce their release clause, according to the Daily Mail.
The Blues have been long term admirers of the Argentinian forward and are hoping that they can hold off competition from European giants Real Madrid and Juventus to land Aguero. Atletico hold a £42m release clause for Aguero, but representatives of the 23 year old are aiming to reduce the fee to £32m and make a transfer more accessible.
Aguero is with the Argentinian side for the Copa America this summer and is expected to exit Atletico in pursuit of regular Champions League football and regular trophies. New Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas would welcome the arrival of Aguero, but could be more inclined to sign his former player Falcao in the forward position with the experience Villas-Boas has with Falcao’s ability.
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Di Matteo gets Blues role.
Former West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo is the new assistant manager at Chelsea, Sky Sports reports.
Di Matteo had been in contention for the vacant Birmingham City job before it was awarded to Chris Hughton and now Di Matteo will return to his former side to assist new Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas. The 41 year old Italian made 175 appearances for Chelsea in a six year stint between 1996 and 2002.
The dismissal of former assistant manager Paul Clement meant that there was a vacancy as Villas-Boas’ right hand man and Di Matteo is seen as a surprise choice, with many believing that he could have held out for a manager’s role at another club. The Italian is most remembered for scoring the fastest goal in FA Cup Final history against Middlesbrough in 1996.
No Essien exit.
Any move from Real Madrid for Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien will be blocked by Chelsea chairman Roman Abramovich, The Sun reports.
Former Blues manager Jose Mourinho is keen to capture Essien, who Mourinho signed for £24.4m in 2005, and strengthen the Madrid midfield. Abramovich is defiant in his stance about keeping Essie and has ruled out any move for the Ghanaian to the Santiago Bernabeau.
Essien still has four years left on his Chelsea contract, earning £110,000 a week, and is reportedly happy at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho had hoped to convince Essien of a move by showing his interest in the midfielder, but a source at Chelsea revealed that there was no chance of a switch to Madrid.
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