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Devious £40M Contract Clause Makes It A 2 Horse Race For Mega Star

We love a bit of skulduggery and deviousness when it comes to football, it is always a reminder about how seriously we all take the game and shows to what lengths we will go too to get what we want.

Owners of clubs are no different to fans, and today our friends at Sportingo have made us aware of a really sneaky move that has recently been carried out by Atletico Madrid, and it all revolves around one of their star strikers Sergio Aguero.

The 22 year old Argentine moved to Spain from Independiente in the Summer of 2006, for a club recording breaking fee of around £17million and he has been one of their top players ever since.  Now in his 5th season with the side, he has made 228 appearances and scored 96 goals.  Whilst his goal tally may not be that incredible, it is still very strong, but it is the other work that he does for his team that is just as noticeable, he is a great creator of chances and with his dribbling skills he causes a lot of problems for opposition defences.

His great performances have not gone unnoticed and he has been linked to bigger clubs for a long time, particularly Chelsea and Atletico rivals Real Madrid, and this is where things get cunning.  It was widely reported that Carlo Ancelotti’s side tried to sign the player last Summer only to be rebuffed, and there was also a lot of interest in the player again in January from Real and Tottenham as well as renewed interest from the Stamford Bridge side.

With the local rivalry however, Atletico were not keen on selling one of their prized assets to Jose Mourinho at Real, and our friends at Sportingo, have word from Atletico CEO, Miguel Angel Gil Marin, where he confirms that the new contract the player signed in January includes a clause stating that he will not move across Madrid even if they meet the £39.5million release clause, how brilliantly devious!

Rules in Spain stipulate that players must have a get-out clause in their contract, but it is normally nothing more than a formality with the top players, with the figure being set so high that realistically it would never be triggered.  That is not the case with Aguero, £40million is a realistic figure for a player of his talents, and Sportingo reckon that this will now open the door for Tottenham and Chelsea now that La Liga giants Real can’t compete for his signature.

Reports claim that it is the Stamford Bridge side that lead the way, but personally I think that if Harry Redknapp can secure Champions League football next season they could definitely compete with the Abramovich millions.  Nothing is definite at this point, but this cheeky maneuver looks to have opened the door for a Summer exit for the forward and Atletico will breath more easily knowing he won’t be wearing the white of Real next term.

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