La Liga giants FC Barcelona are set to make their sixth summer signing, which would take their spending spree this season beyond the €150million mark.
Barcelona are in advanced negotiations with Liverpool for the transfer of Danish international, Daniel Agger for €12million, according to The Independent.
Liverpool have already shelled out £20million for the services of Croatian centre-back, Dejan Lovren, which means manager Brendan Rodgers views him as an integral part of his plans in 2014-15 and he will surely partner either Mamadou Sakho or Martin Skrtel at the heart of the defence. Kolo Toure and Sebastian Coates will be used as cover, which leaves Agger with limited opportunities at Anfield.
The 29-year-old lost his place in the starting line-up following the arrival of Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain and by selling the centre-back this summer Liverpool can demand a fee close to what they paid for Lovren. Next summer or the seasons beyond that Agger’s market value would more than likely plummet.
Barcelona have been linked with Agger for the last two transfer windows as manager Luis Enrique looks to make more signings having taken charge of the Catalan giants. He's already made some stellar purchases in Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, along with goalkeepers Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Claudio Bravo and defender Jeremy Mathieu.
Criticisms of Barca
2013-14 season saw Barcelona being heavily criticised for their shaky defence which resulted in the season being their worst in recent years. Marc Bartra and Jeremy Mathieu will be good as the season progresses, but Agger would be the perfect player to partner Gerard Pique. Although Javier Mascherano could fill in at centre-back, Enrique wants him to play in midfield.
The Denmark captain would be provided with regular first team football compared to Liverpool and would be the replacement of veteran, Carles Puyol at Camp Nou. Barcelona are ready to offer him a five-year contract.
Daniel Agger has been at Liverpool for over a decade making 232 appearances in all competitions apart from 64 caps for the Denmark national team.