Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Daniel Agger could be sold to Manchester City if the Premier League champions match Liverpool's valuation of the player.
Rodgers conceded that Agger was not guaranteed to be a Liverpool player for the start of the season despite reiterating that he is eager to keep the Danish player at Anfield.
According to the BBC, City are prepared to bid £18m for the Reds centre-back but Rodgers is thought to be holding out for at least £22m, using the fee City paid Everton for Joleon Lescott as the benchmark.
"Every player has a price," said Rodgers. "But no manager wants to lose his best players."
City's football administrator Brian Marwood has reportedly made two inquiries to Liverpool regarding Agger, but the Reds are holding firm on their valuation. The BBC suggest that City winger Adam Johnson could even by used as a makeweight in any potential deal.
"Top centre-halves are at a premium," said Rodgers. "Take Thiago Silva, he left AC Milan to go to Paris St Germain for £40m. So it has to be a big valuation.
"Daniel is one of the leading players in European football at centre-half. Is he a player I want to lose? No he's not. But like any club, if an offer comes in that is in the best interests of the club, of course you have to look at it," continued the Liverpool boss.
Liverpool take on FC Gomel tonight in the second leg of their Europa League tie, and, speaking before the game, Rodgers revealed he's still keen to bring in a few more players before the deadline.
"We need to improve the squad, there is no question about that," said Rodgers. "The intention is to bring in a few more players yet."
The former-Swansea boss has been linked with Joe Allen in recent weeks, and now the Team GB star has finished his Olympic duties, Rodgers hopes a deal can be agreed.