Barcelona ready to go back for Liverpool defender

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has once again as a transfer target for La Liga giants Barcelona.

A story that first hit the papers during the summer of 2012 has re-emerged following reports in Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo (quoting Ekstra Bladet as its source).

While on paper it would appear that Liverpool do not want to sell Agger or for that matter Agger does not want to leave Liverpool this is a news story that does not seem to be going away with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Danish defender is on the Barcelona summer hit-list as they look to bolster their back line ahead of the news season.

PSG defender Thiago Silva is the club’s top target however the Brazilian has only just completed his first season in France and is unlikely to leave the French champions.

That could mean that Barcelona return to Anfield ready to pay the reported £19 million that Liverpool demanded last summer. A move to Catalonia failed to materialise last summer with Agger indicating a preference to stay on Merseyside, a move that culminated in a new long term contract.

The 28 year old has enjoyed his most productive season since moving to Liverpool making 35 appearances and with Jaime Carragher retiring and doubts over the futures of Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel it was thought that Agger’s position at the club was not being questioned.

Despite being injury prone in his initial seasons at Anfield Agger is maturing as a defender with his 3 goals in the Premier League his most in a season since moving from Brondby in 2006.

However Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has shown during his reign that he is not afraid to make big decisions. Agger is amongst the highest paid players on the club’s payroll and that coupled with the prospect of a large transfer fee could persuade Rodgers to do business.

Kolo Toure has already signed for the club while moves for Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Thiago Llori are also been mooted. The return to fitness of Martin Kelly is also a big boost for Rodgers with the Liverpool-born youngster a centre back by trade while Andre Wisdom is another emerging defender on the Anfield books.

Manchester City could also entering the running should Liverpool open discussions with Barcelona and that could pose problems for the Spanish champions with the deposed English Champions ready to trump the financial rewards that both Liverpool and Barcelona could offer.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.