Chelsea have emerged as favourites to sign Sergio Aguero this summer with the departing Manchester City striker reportedly ‘determined’ to stay in the Premier League.
City’s all-time top goalscorer will leave when his contract expires this summer after ten illustrious years in Manchester.
According to the Mail, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy have stepped up their pursuit of the Argentine, who has won four Premier League titles, an FA Cup, and five League Cups during his decade-long stay in Manchester.
Aguero is said to be attracting interest from all over Europe, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all keen on the striker, but his preference would be to remain in the Premier League as he believes he still has much to give in this country.
Roman Abramovich is keen to add more firepower to his ranks, despite spending in excess of £100million on Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech last summer.
Aguero, who has scored 257 goals in 384 appearances for the Citizens, is seen as the man who can add some much needed quality to the front line.
Chelsea have also been linked with Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland, whose father and agent Mino Raiola held talks with Barcelona and Real Madrid on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta ruled out making a move for Aguero on Thursday.
The Gunners tied down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new long-term deal earlier this season and it is believed Arteta is now keen to focus on promoting youth at the Emirates.
When asked whether the Gunners could make a move for Aguero,” Arteta replied: “No, no, no… we will see what happens with him in the future.”
Arteta also heaped praise on Aguero for ‘changing the face’ of City since his arrival.
“Anybody that has been close to Sergio would say the same thing,” said the Spaniard, who served as Pep Guardiola’s No.2 at City from 2016-2019.
“He has probably been the main face or one of the three main faces that has lifted that project.
“You need some leadership, some quality, players to create moments to start to build a project like they did and Sergio is probably the biggest face on that project.
“It is not only the way in which he plays (but) his charisma, personality and the way he is. He is loved by everybody at the club.
“It is sad to see someone leaving like him but I think what he has done there he will be in the history.”