Barcelona pinpoint Agger as Puyol replacement

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Barcelona are ready to reignite their interest in the Liverpool's vice-captain Daniel Agger according to Talksport.

Gerardo Martino is desperate to bolster his defensive options, with Barcelona icon Carles Puyol ready to leave the club at the end of this season.

Barca's defensive frailties have been well documented and were again evident in their narrow 3-2 win over Villarreal last week.

Agger is a centre back known for his technical proficiency as well as his defensive solidarity, and therefore more suited to Barcelona's style of football, which more often than not, involves playing from the back.

The Danish captain has long been linked with a move to Catalonia, and it seemed to be a likely destination when Agger was rumoured to be unhappy at Anfield last season.

Agger chose to stay, however the 29-year-old has featured sporadically this season. A succession of injuries and dips in form mean that he has only made 15 premier league starts.

Moreover, Brendan Rodgers has often decided to partner Martin Skrtel with summer arrival Mamadou Sakho, such was the case at the weekend against Chelsea.

Many Liverpool fans will be sad to see Agger go, should Barcelona make an approach. The defender has been at the club for eight years, and to many remains an integral part of Liverpool's squad.

Despite Liverpool topping the table and bagging the most goals in the league they have been far from resolute defensively, conceding three to Cardiff, Swansea and Stoke this calendar year. Selling defenders of Agger's calibre is hardly likely to improve the situation.

And having secured qualification for the Champions League, Liverpool will need a player of his talent and experience, which could make prising him away from Merseyside more difficult.

However is Barcelona put in a large enough offer, it could persuade Liverpool to part with their vice-captain.A swap deal involving  Cristian Tello has been mooted, with Liverpool linked to the speedy winger in the past week.

With Agger turning 30 this year, Barca have also been linked with some younger defenders, such as David Luiz, Aymeric Laporte and Inigo Martinez of Chelsea, Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad respectively.

Whomever they do choose to inherit Puyol's crown, they will look to do it quickly. Barcelona's transfer imbargo has been suspended whilst they appeal the decision, and should the decision go against them, it makes the need to do business now that much greater.

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