West London side seem desperate to spend money!
Though the club are keen to deliver a star signing for new manager Carlo Ancelotti – with the best will in the world, Yuri Zhirkov does not fit the bill – Atletico’s asking price has been £50million and despite reports in Spain, no new bid is on the table.
Hot property: Atletico Madrid face a fight to hold on to Sergio Aguero
The Argentine striker did impress in front of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich in his country’s 3-2 win over Russia in Moscow but this could go down to the deadline.
Atletico have a dilemma ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against Panathinaikos: if they play him, he is ineligible for the tournament. If they leave him out, they risk missing the group stages. (Mail on Sunday)
As Carlo Ancelotti watched on nervously as his Chelsea side managed to grab a last gasp win against Hull City, would he have been thinking the club needs a new striker? Given the fact that Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka are both the wrong side of 30 it wouldn’t do the club any harm to bring in more youthful figures to lead the line and they took a step in the right direction by bringing in Daniel Sturridge from Man City but clearly a move for Sergio Aguero would also give Roman Abramovich the ‘marquee’ style signing that he is apparently very keen to seal.
Isn’t £50m a bit too much to fork out for a player with essentially two good seasons under his belt?