£39m Chelsea striker target sets transfer decision deadline

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Coveted striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that he will not make a decision over his future until after the Copa America.

The Argentine international forward has been linked with a handful of clubs across the world, with Chelsea thought to be the frontrunners from the Barclays Premier League.

Named in Sergio Batista's squad for the South American tournament, which will take place in his homeland this year, Aguero is keen to keep his focus on international duties at the current time.

"A decision about a possible transfer elsewhere will be made when the Copa America is over," the Atletico Madrid forward told Canal 7.

"At the moment, I don't know anything about what will happen."

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is a known admirer of the 23-year-old, although a move to Atletico's rivals would be majorly controversial and general manager Miguel Angel Gil Marin has dismissed talk of a Los Blancos switch.

"He (Aguero) is not going to go to Real Madrid," Gil Marin said in El Larguero at the end of May.


That came a week after Chelsea were place on alert, according to the Daily Telegraph, over Aguero's availability, with the striker admitting publicly that he was ready to leave the Estadio Vicente Calderón.

"I have asked them to listen to any offers they receive for me from different clubs," said the player in a statement on May 23rd.

"I've thought long and hard and I am convinced that I must be true to myself. After five intense years, this stage for me personally is over and I have to give way to a new one."

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is believed to be an admirer of Aguero, and the Blues would need his cash to land the player given the £39 million buy-out clause in his contract.

However, the Russian's first priority will be to secure the services of a new manager at Stamford Bridge, and whilst Guus Hiddink remains the hot favourite to take over at Chelsea, a deal is yet to be concluded.

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