Napoli prepare Daniel Agger bid

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Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is planning a reunion with Daniel Agger in Italy and plans to rival Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur for the Liverpool defender's signature.

TalkSPORT reports how the Denmark international has been heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside after allegedly pleading with Brendan Rodgers to sanction his sale this summer.

The former Reds boss is responsible for bringing Agger to Anfield in a £6 million deal in 2006 and now wants to be reunited with the player at Stadio San Paolo.

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Benitez will face stiff competition for the 29-year-old's services though, with north London rivals Arsenal and Spurs also both vying for the player.

Arsenal interest

Arsene Wenger is in desperate need of defensive reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium following the £15 million departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona.

The Arsenal manager has added versatile star Calum Chambers from Southampton, but requires additional cover for first-choice pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Spurs interest

Mauricio Pochettino has also been credited with an interest in bringing Agger to White Hart Lane, as the new Spurs boss continues his search for new players.

However - like Wenger - the Argentine coach will not land the Liverpool star easily, after Benitez stepped up plans to lure the central defender to Serie 'A'.

Agger has fallen way down the first-team pecking order at Anfield with Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho often Rodgers's preferred central defensive pairing last season.

Liverpool future in doubt

The £20 million acquisition of Croatia international Dejan Lovren from Southampton will also ensure competition for places is even stronger in 2014/15, and could reduce the former Brøndby star to an even more peripheral role in the side.

It's believed that Liverpool will demand around £12 million for the Danish star, which means Napoli will need to sell before they buy to create funds and the necessary room in the first-team squad.

One player that has been linked with a possible move away from Naples is South American stopper Federico Fernandez, with the Argentina international considering a transfer to the Premier League with Swansea City.

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