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Barcelona Allegedly Rejected Agger Transfer Three Months Ago

Constantly the subject of rumours involving Barcelona for several transfer windows running, it seems as though the Catalan club quietly rejected a transfer Daniel Agger several months ago.

Clive Brunskill

Daniel Agger has been consistent over the years in saying that if he were to ever leave Liverpool for another club of his own volition, it would see him swap the lovely English rain for Mediterranean splendour with a move to Barcelona. A lifelong fan of the Catalan club, Agger has been a regular Barcelona target for multiple transfer windows now as the Spanish giants attempt to shore up their central defense, especially upon the retirement of club stalwart Carles Puyol.

It comes as a bit of a surprise that Mundo Deportivo reports Liverpool offered Agger to Barcelona three months ago, only to have the offer rejected. To be clear, this wasn’t a formal offer of sale so much as Liverpool testing the waters for Barcelona's continued interest and finding there was none. Allegedly still interested in Agger's technical skills, Barcelona ultimately decided his injury history wasn't worth the risk because they, too, inexplicably think he missed half the season due to injury.

With Barcelona now no longer a possibility, the potential for Agger to leave Liverpool now rests squarely on Brendan Rodgers. The Dane has been repeatedly clear he will stick around for as long as the manager still wants him, but with Dejan Lovren all but driving up to Melwood and knocking on the door to be let in, many see an end in sight for Agger's time in red.

The fact of the matter is, though, that Agger's situation hasn't changed in spite of the Lovren love-in. That the Barcelona transfer was nixed before it even got off the ground has been true for the three months since it happened, and in spite of this there have few connections — no matter how tenuous — to a potential future destination for the centre back. It's been all quiet on the Danish front, too, save for Agger's statement at the end of the season about not wanting to be third choice.

Regardless, from the outside looking in, it's a difficult situation for both the player and the club. It's a challenging balance to strike between keeping much loved veterans happy with their place at the club while also keeping your squad healthy and increasing its depth, and at some point something has to give. With Lovren's probable signing, many point to Agger as the odd man out, but Brendan Rodgers may have other plans that involve four proven centre backs under 30 playing in four competitions. Plus Kolo Touré.

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