Reigning Spanish champions Barcelona have made it clear they are interested in bolstering their defense before the summer transfer closes, targeting several big-name players, including Liverpool veteran defender Daniel Agger, according to ESPN FC.
Thus far, Agger's reaction to the interest has been one of appreciation, with the 28-year-old calling Barca's interest a "positive thing," per ESPN FC:
In general, you have to think of it as a positive thing. Regardless of what is being said or written, it's a positive thing when someone thinks you do your job well. When a club like Barcelona thinks that, it's even better, and it's made me happy. I won't deny that, but [the deal] is a long way from being a reality unless something happens.
Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool rejected a £14.6 million bid for Agger earlier this month, and with time running out in the transfer window, it appears the Catalan giants will come up short in their pursuit of the talented Dane.
After all, not only are the Reds hoping to keep their stout centre-back on board in order to contend for the Premier League title this season and qualify for Champions League football next year, but Agger also has tons of love for his current club, per ESPN FC:
Liverpool gave me my life contract ... I would not want the relationship I have with Liverpool to end even if, for example, I were to leave when my contract expires.
Agger, who has been at Anfield since 2006, is a reliable, quality defender with very few weaknesses in his game. Not only is he strong in the air and on the ground when looking to win the ball, but he is also comfortable on the ball and can generate the attack on his own by bringing the ball up the pitch.
Around the box, Agger is just as effective, where his combination of power and touch makes him a goalscoring threat. He's scored a dozen goals in just over 200 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.
Barca made a huge splash to start the summer by landing Brazilian forward Neymar from Santos but have failed to address key needs at the back, where the club looked vulnerable in several big matches a season ago.
Fortunately, the club has conceded just one goal through four La Liga and Spanish Super Cup matches this season. Therefore, Barca's higher-ups may be content to move on from Agger and make another topflight defender their priority ahead of the midseason transfer window.
In addition to some solid defensive play, the return of veteran Carles Puyol could potentially bring an end to the club's search for defensive help, according to ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan.
Meanwhile, Agger and Liverpool are off to a strong start in league play this season, having won each of their first two matches 1-0 heading into Sunday's showdown with defending champions Manchester United.
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