Having secured the acquisition of Jack Rodwell for £15m earlier today, City may now look to intensify their pursuit of Liverpool’s Daniel Agger. According to the Daily Mail, Brendan Rodgers has stated that the Dane will stay at Anfield unless a ‘ridiculous fee’ is agreed with City. Yet with the millions that the Eastlands club have, that is certainly not out of the realms of possibility.
With Richards now out for a month and Mancini keen to sell Kolo Toure, Agger would certainly be a welcome addition at Eastlands. With only Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott as recognized central defenders it appears to be the only position in the squad that lacks depth. City have already been linked with Martin Skrtel yet now their attention has turned to Agger and their pursuit of the Liverpool defender might become more intense after wrapping up Rodwell’s signature.
As a Liverpool fan, I find myself in two minds over this proposed deal. On the one hand, Agger and Skrtel were remarkable at the back for Liverpool last season. With Rodgers’ keen on returning to the ‘Liverpool way’ of playing football, a solid centre-back partnership is key. Therefore the Liverpool boss has to do everything in his power to keep the Dane as he attempts to improve on Liverpool’s eighth place finish last year.
That being said, the Reds could really do with the money. With City having kept their chequebook closed until they signed Rodwell today, getting an extravagant fee for Agger is in the realms of possibility. Rumours have suggested that a bid in the region of £30m would tempt Liverpool to sell, with Agger’s absence from the Bayer Leverkusen friendly today seen as a sign of a potential deal.
For me, unless Liverpool have a world-class centre back lined up with the proposed money they would receive from City, keeping Agger is essential. Building the team from a strong centre-back partnership is a key part of Brendan Rodgers’ philosophy.
Yet the power of City might be too tempting for the Danish international that desperately wants to win trophies. Perhaps the fee may just be too tempting for Liverpool to turn down also.
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