Diego Forlan & Sergio Aguero Set For Improved Atletico Madrid Contracts

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Atletico Madrid are set to renew the contracts of strike partners Diego Forlan and Sergio Aguero before the end of 2009, according to AS.

First though, Atleti must ensure progression to the group stages of the UEFA Champions League tomorrow night when they host Panathinaikos in the second leg of their qualifier. Atletico lead 3-2 from the first leg.

With many clubs around Europe tracking the progress of Aguero in particular, it is understood that the club will offer him a new deal in return for a higher buy-out clause in his contract.

The Argentine star’s current agreement doesn’t expire until 2012, but it appears club officials are keen to raise the €60 million buy-out clause to €90m so as to deter possible interest from Atleti’s European rivals.

In the case of his Uruguayan strike partner, Forlan, whose ongoing deal expires in 2011, it is believed the buy-out clause in his contract will be raised from €36 million to €60 million. Such a price on the 30-year-old Pichichi and Golden Boot winner would inevitably see him remain at the Vicente Calderon for the rest of his career.

Atletico hope to complete the Forlan deal within the next month, while it is expected that Aguero’s situation will be sorted by the end of the year.

Maxi Rodriguez and Simao are next on the list of players whose contracts the club will aim to renew. The Argentine midfielder’s deal expires next summer, while the Portuguese’s finishes in 2011.

AS

~ by footballdirecta on August 24, 2009.

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