Chelsea could sign €59m-rated star for free, Blues ‘promise’ to break bank for £130m star if tuchel finishes in top4, as tuchel confirms Christensen absent
CHELSEA are considering a summer move for Sergio Aguero, who is available on a free transfer from Man City.
Chelsea are reportedly keeping tabs on Sergio Aguero with his Manchester City contract set to expire at the season.
Aguero, 32, is keen to stay in the Premier League next season — as fresh doubts over his City future emerged.
The club’s all-time leading goalscorer is yet to hear anything about a new deal for next term.
He played the final 15 minutes of the comfortable Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach in Hungary this week.
But at the end of the game he was heard telling goalkeeping coach Xabi Mancisidor ‘They don’t pass me the ball’.
Aguero is frustrated after struggling for game-time since returning to fitness last month — although he has featured in their last three matches.
And sources close to the player also say he is worried his glittering ten-year City career may be sliding towards a disappointing end.
He would like to stay at the Etihad but if no offer is forthcoming, he is open to joining another club in England.
And Chelsea are waiting in the wings watching how the situation develops, according to the Mail.
The Argentine’s camp are awaiting offers and know Chelsea chief Thomas Tuchel was an admirer when he was at Paris Saint-Germain – who are also said to be keen on the striker.
CHELSEA have ‘promised’ to break the bank for £130million man Erling Haaland if Thomas Tuchel qualifies for Champions League, reports say.
The Borussia Dortmund forward has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in the world, with 31 goals in 30 games so far.
It has attracted attention from from Europe’s elite, with Chelsea and Real Madrid among those heavily linked.
Haaland is advised by super-agent Mino Raiola, who has admitted before that only ten clubs can afford the striker, four of which are from England.
According to journalist Xavier Bosch of Mundo Deportivo, the 20-year-old will ‘choose his future with Raiola’s permission’.
It is claimed Dortmund are willing to sell Haaland next summer, but only for £130m.
And it could then be down to whichever team fronts the most cash, leaving Chelsea and Real Madrid favourites over Manchester United and Barcelona.
It is said that Blues bosses have given their word to manager Tuchel that they will fund a move for Haaland, but only if they qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Dortmund are open to selling the lethal finisher because he has a release clause in 2022, allowing him to leave for just £65m.
Timo Werner is currently leading the line for Chelsea after his £47.5m move from RB Leipzig last year.
Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was a surprise omission from the team that defeated Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.
The Dane has been an ever-present figure in defence since the injury to Thiago Silva. However, he couldn’t feature against Atletico after falling ill overnight before the game.
Speaking before the game, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel asked for calm and said there was no need to panic, as he revealed that Christensen was merely ill and it’s not Covid-19 related.
“Unfortunately Andreas is ill,” Tuchel said in his pre-match interview.
“There’s no reason to panic. It’s not Covid, he produced a negative test, but he is ill with a fever. He doesn’t feel good so Zouma comes in and takes his place.
“We have Oli [Giroud] from the bench and we have five guys that we can use from the bench
“We hope these guys can come on and have a huge impact, and Oli is one of them. We have Timo up front tonight, he brings a lot of speed, so hopefully we can create some trouble with quick runs to use his pace.
“We just felt that Atletico might feel more comfortable to fight and get into a battle against a player like Oli, rather than against someone like Timo who has real speed.”
Chelsea eventually won the game 2-0, courtesy of goals from Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri, as the Blues are now through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, for the first time since 2014.