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Arsenal to make bid for Daniel Agger

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Arsenal are set to make a surprise £10 million offer for Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger, who has pleaded with Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers to let him leave Anfield this summer.

This latest development comes courtesy of The Sun, who understand that Wenger is hopeful of doing business with the Merseyside outfit. However, the Gunners face stiff competition for the Denmark international’s services from fierce north London rivals Tottenham and Rafael Benitez's Napoli.

Agger desperate to leave Liverpool

It was reported last week that a tearful Agger begged Rodgers to let him leave Liverpool during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.

Rodgers, according to ESPN, was sympathetic towards his centre-back, who had to be consoled by senior teammates after breaking down. The 29-year-old was even granted permission to fly home from America.

At the time, Barcelona were favourites to sign the out-of-favour Liverpool defender. But whether Rodgers is prepared to sell the centre-back to a Premier League rival remains to be seen.

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Wenger seeking Vermaelen replacement

Barcelona are no longer interested in signing Agger following their acquisition of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, but Wenger now requires a replacement for his former skipper.

England Under-19 international Calum Chambers, who Arsenal signed for £16 million from Southampton earlier this summer, looked impressive at the Emirates Cup and in the Gunners’ 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City on Sunday. However, the 19-year-old is still developing and remains inexperienced.

Chambers, though, could be Wenger’s only fit centre-back at the start of the 2014/15 campaign, with Per Mertesacker not fit and Laurent Koscielny an injury doubt.

Wenger wants a quality defender with plenty of experience to step in and fill the void left by Vermaelen - and Agger appears to tick all the boxes.

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Arsenal cannot guarantee Agger first-team football

One of the reasons Agger is so keen to leave Anfield is because he has lost his first-team place with the Reds - and the chances of him regaining a starting position following the arrival of Croatia international Dejan Lovren appear extremely slim.

However, Wenger cannot make any first-team guarantees to the 6ft 3in defender, who would find himself behind Mertesacker and Koscielny in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

Nethertheless the veteran French coach may fancy his chances of luring Agger, who has been a fine defender for Liverpool since arriving from Brondby in January 2006, to north London with the temptation of regular game time in all four major competitions this season.

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