Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has made an emotional request to Brendan Rodgers that he be sold during the current transfer window.
Darren Lewis of the Mirror reports that the Danish international is the subject of interest from Barcelona, claiming the player has tearfully asked the Anfield club to let him leave for Spain.
Lewis tweeted the headline on his Twitter account:
Emotional Daniel Agger asks Brendan Rodgers to let him leave Liverpool. Daily Mirror back page: pic.twitter.com/EgfZxYq6HW— Darren Lewis (@MirrorDarren) August 6, 2014
Agger is rated at £12 million and it is thought that Barca will move for him if Rodgers gives them the green light to do so.
Lewis quotes the 29-year-old centre-back speaking about his future to the Danish press last month. Agger was clear about his discontent when he said:
It is no secret that I had problems last season and I am considering things. How things turned out last season is not acceptable for me. I am here now and it is up to me to show the coach that I should play. Many things can happen in football and I do not want to exclude anything.
Agger's first-team place is in doubt at Liverpool due to the arrival of Dejan Lovren from Southampton. The club vice-captain has suffered a host of injuries over the years and it now seems Rodgers has lost patience in him.
Last term, the player only made 16 Premier League starts for the Reds, per WhoScored.com, underlying his lack of reliability in selection.
Football writer Matthew Stanger questioned Barca's interest in Agger, considering his recent record for Liverpool:
Barcelona or Brondby for Agger. That is some head-to-head. Says plenty about his decline and Barca's bemusing transfer policy.— Matthew Stanger (@MatthewStanger) August 2, 2014
Barcelona also look set to keep Brazilian defender Dani Alves after a vote of confidence from new coach, Luis Enrique. The Nou Camp boss spoke positively about the full-back who had a disappointing World Cup recently with his country.
David Amoyal of GianlucaDimarzio.com quoted Enrique saying: ”There is nothing to say about his future, I’m counting on him and I’m very happy that he’ll continue with us”
The 31-year old is still an important member of the Barca squad, having made 27 appearances in La Liga for them in 2013-14, per WhoScored.com.
Agger was once a fine and cultured defender but the time is right for Liverpool to sell him. If Rodgers can get £12 million for a player who has sat on the treatment table longer than in the team in recent times, it will be a fantastic piece of business.
It would be a strange acquisition for Barcelona, especially if Agger is viewed as a replacement for Carles Puyol.
Is Daniel Agger the right defensive signing for Barcelona?
The traditional top two of La Liga always favour elaborate attacking purchases over defensive ones—but Agger's signing would be bizarre in the context of bringing in the best talent available.
However, a move to Spain would represent a great opportunity for a player who needs to relaunch his career. Agger's divorce from the Anfield club has been coming for some while.