Barcelona are reportedly still monitoring Liverpool defender Daniel Agger despite the Denmark international insisting he would be staying with the Premier League club. Despite Tata Martino’s men currently stand-out favourites for this season’s La Liga title, Barcelona are still believed to be determined to sign a defender when the January transfer window opens.
The 28-year old was linked with a move to the Nou Camp during the summer but nothing materialised at the time despite Agger admitting he would have been tempted if Barca had approached him.
“I’m not saying I wasn’t tempted, because anyone would be in that situation, but for the club to say that to me was enough. I am happy here and my family is happy here also and that’s a good combination.”
“It might have been different if the club had said it was in the best interests of both of us to go our different ways,” said the Dane.
The versatile defender has played only eight times for the Reds this season, often restricted to a role on the bench with Brendan Rodgers favouring Martin Skrtel alongside summer signings Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure as his three first-choice centre backs. But after their impressive form this season – currently 13/2 with Betfair to win the title – Liverpool won’t be keen on losing a player of Agger’s ability halfway through the season.
Barca boss Martino is rumoured to be well aware that Agger’s situation may have changed since the summer and could be tempted to go back in for the man he missed out on with the guarantee of Champions League football. Currently second favourites behind Bayern Munich in Betfair’s Champions League odds, Barcelona know that signing a new centre back could be crucial to their hopes of reclaiming the European crown.
Perhaps a more likely option for Barcelona could be David Luiz. The club are rumoured to be lining up a bid for the Chelsea star and a many believe a deal could be on the cards in January. The Brazilian defender has long been tracked by Barca and a move now looks realistic following Luiz losing his place in the Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho.