Chelsea to beat old boss Mourinho in race to sign £40m striker Aguero
Published 23:00 01/12/09 By Alan Nixon
Chelsea are ready to seal a £40million-plus deal for Argentine star Sergio Aguero - and see off a rival bid from old boss Jose Mourinho.
Roman Abramovich has given the go-ahead to make a massive splash for the Atletico Madrid attacker and his Stamford Bridge chiefs are due to have a summit meeting with Aguero's agents in the next few days.
The pressure is on to close the transfer because Inter Milan – led by former Blues boss Mourinho – have emerged as rivals and Chelsea want to iron out a couple of snags and seal the agreement with all parties in the next few days.
One potential problem is that the South American star may have to settle for a pay-cut to join Chelsea because of British tax laws, but that could be sorted out in the imminent discussions.
And while the struggling Spanish outfit are willing to sell and give their blessing to the deal, they want Portuguese full-back Paulo Ferreira to be part of the package.
Chelsea's offer is in, with only the fine print to be agreed, and their figures are much higher than Inter's. Mourinho's club are keen on Aguero but want to do swaps or pay the straight cash 'on the drip.'
Atletico are prepared to let Aguero go despite their current position at the wrong end of the La Liga table. Their failure to progress in Chelsea's Champions League group has also been a factor.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has claimed he has 'no need' to buy in the window, but behind the scenes there has been frantic activity to set up this Aguero deal.
The Argentine's displays against Chelsea in Europe only convinced the club's hierarchy that he was the player to splash out on while their transfer ban is suspended.
Aguero has also been sending out mixed messages, saying that he wants to stay and help Atletico beat the drop. However his 'team' - the top agency IMG - are willing to engineer a move for him in January.
Chelsea have been tracking Aguero, the son-in-law of Diego Maradona, for 18 months and he is a particular favourite of Director of Football Frank Arnesen.
And those in charge at Stamford Bridge are pushing for a handful of signings - including younger players - in case the FIFA transfer ban comes in and ties their hands for a year.
A move for Brazilian super-kid Lucas Piazon is also on with Brazilian side Sao Paulo. Barcelona are also trying for him, but the Premier League leaders are confident of success.