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Time for Real Madrid to swoop to sign Aguero from rivals

| 24.05.2011

Sergio Aguero has opened the door to move to Real Madrid after telling local rivals Atletico Madrid that the time has come to move on.

Aguero only signed a new contract at Atletico last summer, but Marca reports that there were two reasons that he agreed to such a deal.

Firstly this was for the club’s benefit to make sure they received a good transfer fee for him, as at the time of signing he only had 12 months remaining on his contract and therefore would potentially have left on a free transfer.

And secondly it was for his own benefit, as he apparently agreed with the Atletico board that he would be allowed to leave this summer without any conditions being placed in his way.

Aguero said: “I said a long time ago that when I wanted to go I would say publicly and that moment has arrived.

“I have to be loyal to myself. I cannot continue to put a ceiling on my learning possibilities. I am about to turn 23 and I have my whole life ahead of me. This is not an economic decision but strictly a sporting one.”

Barcelona have also been linked with the Argentine striker, but if he moved to either of the Spanish giants it looks tough to establish who he would replace and where he would fit in.

Thus, it may make more sense to move across Europe, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Juventus all supposedly interested.

A move to Manchester City may provide him the best deal financially, while his chances of being a regular starter may be enhanced if Carlos Tevez leaves the club in the summer.

Chelsea would be an option if Didier Drogba is sold in the close season, while Juventus seems unlikely as they failed to secure any European football for next season.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.