Rodgers in Agger Admission
August 7, 2012
Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, admits that he could be tempted to sell Daniel Agger to Premier League rivals, Manchester City, saying “every player has a price”.
The former Swansea City manager has suggested that he could lose the 27-year-old before the end of the summer transfer window, with City official, Brian Marwood, confirming that the champions have made a tentative move for the defender.
City would be willing to pay about £18million for the Denmark international, but the Reds are demanding a fee in excess of the £22m City paid Everton for Joleon Lescott three years ago.
“Every player has a price. But no manager wants to lose his best players. Top centre-halves are at a premium,” Rodgers said.
“Daniel is one of the leading players in European football at centre-half. Is he a player I want to lose? No he’s not. But like any club, if an offer comes in that is in the best interests of the club, of course you have to look at it.
“From a football perspective, do I want to lose Daniel Agger? Not really. He can be a really pivotal player for me – he understands how I want to work. But I am a realist. And the reality is that if a club comes in with a massive bid, then the club may have to look at it. You can never say never.”
Agger has two years remaining on his Anfield contract and talks on a new deal have broken down.
He was one of the stand-out performers in a difficult season for Liverpool last time out, forging a solid defensive partnership with Martin Skrtel.
The Reds have a lot of work to do this season, according to the Liverpool tips on www.betvictor.com. The loss of Agger would be a big blow to Rodgers on the eve of his first season in charge on Merseyside.