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Chelsea confident of £40M January deal for Aguero

Chelsea are edging closer to a £40 million deal for Atletico Madrid star Sergio Aguero. The Mail on Sunday says in the last few days, Chelsea have met representatives of IMG, Aguero's agents, to discuss a deal that would eclipse the £32.5m Manchester City paid for Robinho in August 2008.

Senior Chelsea club officials were involved in the discussions and sufficient progress has been made in the last two weeks for all parties to be confident that the deal will be wrapped up soon.

It is believed Chelsea officials also met counterparts from Atletico on the same day and are determined to make Aguero their big January signing before they learn whether the transfer ban imposed by FIFA over the Gael Kakuta affair is to be upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Personal terms on a four-and-a-half- year contract are all but agreed, and the only major stumbling block which remains is Atletico's desire to receive a fee which would make the loss of their most popular player more palatable to their fans.

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