Daniel Agger Leaving Liverpool for AC Milan?

Kevin O'ConnellCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2009

It was recently reported by Tipsbladet that Danish International Daniel Agger is on his way to Liverpool's former Champions League rivals, A.C. Milan.

The 24-year-old Agger has failed to hold down a spot in Liverpool's central defense, and with Martin Skrtel and Alvaro Arbeloa on their way back from injury, Liverpool suddenly has a surplus of young capable defenders on the back line.

Skrtel started in Liverpool's 0-0 tie against Stoke, but he cleared the ball well in his first appearance since October.

Arbeloa has been nursing various injuries, but is finally back on the training pitch, and his return gives Liverpool the option of pulling Jamie Carragher back into the middle while deploying Arbeloa at right fullback.

Agger, equipped with a rocket left foot, has been inconsistent in his limited appearances for the Reds thus far. However, with the aging Alessandro Nesta seemingly hobbled by an endless array of injuries, Agger may be counted on to hold the back line for Milan.

As far as Liverpool is concerned, with two first-team defenders coming back from injury, and with Emiliano Insua coming back from the U-20 South American Championships in a matter of weeks, the sale of Agger (for a reported £7.5 million) can raise some much needed cash which can be used to ease the burden of financial stress that is currently being faced by American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

Who knows? Maybe now Rafa Benitez will finally see that contract extension he's been looking for.

One thing to keep in mind though is that transfer rumors have the terrible habit of turning out to be completely untrue. Only time will tell...