Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Manchester City have made an approach for Daniel Agger, but the bid fell well short of what the Reds want.
Rodgers’ comments are the biggest indicator yet that the Danish international is keen to leave Anfield and the recently appointed boss was open to the prospect of granting Agger his wish.
The former Swansea City manager reasoned that a big bid for the centre-back could have wider benefits for the squad as a whole in the long run, especially as he does not have anything like the transfer funds at his disposal that his predecessors were granted.
Rodgers was doing his best to up the price for Agger, who had an impressive Euro 2012 campaign, by referencing the business being done by big-spenders Paris Saint-Germain.
“Thiago Silva has left AC Milan for PSG for £40million. He (Agger) is one of the leading players in European football, so it is going to be a big valuation,” he said.
“There has been contact from City, yes, but it's nowhere near the valuation of what the player is worth and you can only consider something like that if it is going to benefit you.”
Rodgers insisted he would rather not lose Agger, but was realistic about the prospect of keeping a player that did not want to stay and was interesting some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
"Is he a player I want to lose? No. He understands how I want to work and can play a real pivotal part in how I want to play,” he added.
“But I am a realist. If someone comes in with a massive bid and it is in the best interests of the club, whether it is Daniel or any other player, you have to look at it.
“Of course you might lose a top player but if it benefits you going forward - and you can make two or three steps because of it - you may have to consider it.
“The reality is we don't have the money now that was here.
“I don't have a bucket-load of money to go and get in a load of players. We have to be strategic.”