Atletico Madrid claim to have rejected a new bid for Chelsea target Sergio Aguero, although the striker will be allowed to leave the club should he choose to do so.
Speculation surrounding Aguero has grown steadily in recent weeks with Atleti struggling at the wrong end of the Primera Liga table and Chelsea expected to strengthen in January given their FIFA transfer ban has been suspended.
ESPN Soccernet has learnt that Chelsea have been preparing a transfer package worth a total £100 million as they look to tempt away one of the best young strikers in European football.
Atleti have not named the interested party that failed with a recent offer but majority shareholder Miguel Angel Gil Marin has intriguingly stated that Aguero will be allowed to leave the club when he feels it is the right time.
"We have had another opportunity (to sell him) and again we have said no," Gil Marin said. "Aguero will leave Atletico when he wants to go, as happened with Fernando Torres."
Aguero has indicated that he is not prepared to leave Atleti in the winter transfer window, despite their domestic struggles and early exit from the Champions League.