Daniel Agger has been continually linked with a switch to Manchester City, but Liverpool have so far remained adamant not to sell their star defender to their league rivals. However, with new offers flying in, the Reds should perhaps rethink their decision.
According to recent reports (Goal.com), Liverpool have already rejected two bids for Agger, and City are now preparing a new, improved offer for the Dane as Roberto Mancini looks to add some depth to his defense.
Here are the reasons for and against the sale of Daniel Agger to Manchester City.
Rodgers appears to favor the youthful players, and there are a lot of potentially world-class youth players in the Liverpool academy. However, there are still concerns over whether the youngsters are ready to step up and play regularly in the first team.
If Liverpool agree a fee in excess of £20 million, Rodgers will have little reasons to complain. Agger, who will soon be 28 years old, is in the prime of his career and his price will probably never be much higher than it is today.
The Dane was bought for a fee in the region of £6 million and selling him for £20 million (or more) would represent one of the best transfer deals Liverpool have made in recent times.
Agger might be one of the key players in Liverpool, but he is also very injury prone, which begs a question—does he really deserve a £100,000-per-week contract, which he is reportedly demanding?
Although Liverpool have a lot of back-up options in their squad, none of them are ready to be a regular starter. Sebastian Coates, who featured occasionally last season, still needs to adapt to the Premier League, while Martin Kelly, still an undergraduate, prefers the right-back position. Jamie Carragher's best days are long over, and the experienced defender will probably be just a squad player next season.
The Denmark international, who likes to play short passes, would also easily fit in with Rodgers' tiki-taka style of play, and selling him could be a huge mistake.
Agger is one of the best defenders in the Premier League, and finding a quality replacement will not be an easy task. What is more, there are almost no world-class defenders available in the transfer market.
Selling one of the star players would further dent Liverpool's hopes of a top-four finish, and selling him to a Premier League rival would put the Reds even further behind in their quest for the long-awaited Premier League trophy, which now seems like a distant ideal.
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