Barcelona has added rising star Jordi Alba to an already strong back line during the summer transfer window. It's a move that makes the team's rumored pursuit of Liverpool defender Daniel Agger seem unnecessary and a potential waste of resources.
Barca have started targeting Agger after failing to secure a deal for Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao, according to Paul Doyle of The Guardian. Agger has spent the past six years at Anfield after starting his career with Brondby.
The biggest obstacle would be a lack of playing available for Agger. He has been a major part of the Reds defense since joining the team, but would have to battle just to see the field if he moved to one of the world's most talented clubs.
Not only are the Blaugrana talented, they are deep as well. They already have Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique in the center of defense, which is Agger's natural position, with Javier Mascherano serving as a safety net who also plays as a defensive midfielder.
There isn't any available space on the outside, either. Dani Alves plays right back, and the aforementioned Alba should step right into the lineup at left back after an extremely impressive performance during Spain's European Championship run.
So when you consider the entire roster of defenders—starters and reserves—there doesn't seem to be a pressing need for a player like Agger. The report doesn't mention an asking price from the Reds, but he's a key piece for them, so it probably wouldn't be cheap.
The only reason Barcelona should make a move like that would be if the player would provide a big upgrade over somebody already on the roster. While Agger definitely has plenty of ability, he wouldn't fall into the category.
Most of the time when a team makes a move just for the sake of bringing in another good player, it ends up causing more headaches than anything else. The reason being somebody will always be unhappy with their playing time.
The Blaugrana are better off saving the transfer funds they had ticketed for Martinez and now Agger in case a bigger need should arise before the window closes. Either that or the midseason window in January when any potential weaknesses will be clear.
Staying at Liverpool is a better situation for Agger anyway. He knows what his role will be for the club and doesn't have to worry about competing against guy that have been playing together for years to earn a spot.
It's one of those rumors that's fun fodder for awhile, but just doesn't make enough sense in the end.
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