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Manchester City legend reveals Chelsea transfer interest and Frank Lampard involvement in discussions



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Premier League giants Chelsea could have changed the course of Manchester City’s history with a mammoth signing in 2009, with Frank Lampard also involved.

Rewind back to the UEFA Champions League campaign of 2009/10 and Chelsea met Spanish side Atletico Madrid in the group stage of the competition, playing out an enthralling 2-2 draw in the nation’s capital.

That night saw Sergio Aguero welcomed onto the global stage with a staggering performance from the young Argentine, scoring a thunderous volley to put his side ahead, before curling in a late 25-yard free-kick to draw the game level.

Chelsea were left stunned by the performance of Aguero, and speaking during a new interview this week, the legendary Manchester City striker has revealed how events unfolded surrounding interest from the Stamford Bridge club after that contest.

Speaking during an exclusive conversation with The Club this week, Aguero has revealed just how close he came to being subjected to formal transfer interest from Chelsea bosses back in 2009.

“After that game (between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League in 2009), maybe two months after, my agent said to me, ‘Chelsea’s interested’,” Sergio Aguero revealed.

Aguero continued, “I had just three years at Atletico Madrid (at that point, so I stayed), but I loved the Premier League but Chelsea were never interested after.

“I spoke about that with Frank Lampard when he played for Man City. He said he told the Chelsea staff to ‘sign Aguero!’”

Unfortunately for Chelsea, it would be Manchester City who would ultimately capitalise on the outstanding talents of Sergio Aguero and his developing game in Spain, securing his signature ahead of the 2011/12 season.

City confirmed that Agüero had signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, with the initial transfer fee reported to be in the region of £35 million. The Argentine would be given the later-iconic number 16 shirt, and wore “Kun Agüero” on the rear.

After signing for Manchester City, Sergio Aguero would go on to register 390 appearances under three different managers at the club over the space of 10 years, becoming the side’s all-time leading goalscorer with 260 strikes to his name.