The editors of reliable Spanish sports blog SportYou reported on Monday that wonder striker Sergio Agüero recently told Atlético general director Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, in an “informal conversation”, that he was ready to leave the club.
Kun’s apparent change of heart reportedly prompted him to ask Gil Marín to start considering offers for his services.
Rumours of the Argentine forward’s departure are starting to gain traction, with SportYou’s revelation being followed up on Tuesday by reports claiming the 22-year-old’s agents met with Juventus top officials in Turin.
According to AS, the Atleti vice-captain’s representatives, José Seguí and Hernán Reguera, sat down for a four-hour long lunch meeting with Juve president Andrea Agnelli and other directors of the Serie A side in order to discuss a potential deal.
The Bianconeri are purportedly willing to go on a €100m shopping spree over the summer to put together a star-studded squad to inaugurate their new stadium, which is set to debut next season. A sizable portion of those funds, almost half, would be splurged on our star alone, whose buyout clause is €45m.
Though Juve are certainly among the biggest and most recognisable clubs in the world, their name brand has taken a hit in the last couple of seasons. The Italian outfit has failed to secure Champions League qualification in back-to-back campaigns.
AS points out that the Old Lady are currently seventh in the Serie A standings–the same position they finished in last year–with only one match to go, and are highly unlikely to even qualify for a Europa League berth.
In other words, a move to Turin wouldn’t exactly be an ideal upgrade for a player of Kun’s caliber.
Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Inter Milan, have all formally approached Kun’s agency within the last couple of days, reports COPE. The Spanish radio network also claims that one of Aguero’s representatives met with persistent suitors Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Aguero has insisted throughout the season that he has no intentions of leaving los Colchoneros any time soon, and even signed a contract extension through 2014 back in January.
At the time of his renewal deal, the gifted playmaker told the club’s official site:
“It’s not just a signature, it’s also a commitment. We’re all going to push ourselves forward. I’m very happy to continue at the club and I hope to continue here for many more years.”
If a Kun departure materialises, the news would be nothing short of utterly devastating for Atlético fans, who are already bracing for the possible announcement of David de Gea’s sale to Manchester United.
How many days would you spend locked up in your room crying if Kun decides to leave?