Manchester City chase Reds defender

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is being linked with a shock move to Manchester City.

The Daily Star claims the Citizens are ready to make their own advances for the player, after Barcelona tabled a £15million bid last week.

New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has also tried to bring Pepe to the Etihad Stadium, but had a £20million offer rejected by Madrid.

The paper claims last season’s Premier League runners-up are ready to abandon their pursuit of the Portuguese international however, and turn their attentions to the Dane.

Manchester City aren’t flush with players in the centre back position, and will be without Matija Nastasic for the start of the campaign after he got injured during pre-season.

However, Liverpool have even fewer options, after Jamie Carragher called time on his career this summer.

Kolo Toure has replaced the Reds legend, but the Ivorian veteran is likely to play back-up behind Agger and Martin Skrtel at Anfield this term.

Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to keep the aforementioned duo on Merseyside over the coming fortnight, and the Liverpool boss would also be wise to avoid selling to a domestic rival on the eve of the new season.

Whether the lure of Champions League football proves too much for Agger, only time will tell, but the Reds will be eager to avoid a saga similar to the one currently surrounding Luis Suarez.

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