Chelsea fail in double swoop

CHELSEA have failed with a £52m joint bid for Atletico Madrid duo Sergio Aguero and Diego Godin, according to the Spanish club.

Argentine striker Aguero, 22, has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge before, and is regarded as one of the most exciting talents in La Liga

Chelsea are known to be in the market for a centre-half and could view Uruguayan Godin as an alternative to David Luiz whose club, Benfica, are holding out for a fee of £25m.

Atletico’s majority shareholder Miguel Angel Gil said: “In the last week, we have received two offers. One from Real Madrid for Aguero for £39m and the other from Chelsea for Aguero and Diego Godin for £52m.”

The champions last night refused to comment on the claims, a spokesman saying: “We never comment on transfer speculation, no matter how wild it is.”

Meanwhile, after Monday’s 4-0 win at Bolton, captain John Terry believes critics of his side should be fearful.

He said: “The message is you don’t fear us at your own peril. We’ve never been out of the title race.”