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With Barcelona supposedly submitting a bid for Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal have an open spot in their starting to line-up and are allegedly lining up a bid for Daniel Agger's services. Hooray.

Laurence Griffiths

If last summer's transfer window revolved around the great migration of strikers from one club to another — before most of them ended up staying put with their existing clubs — this summer might revolve around centre backs and how one player switching clubs suddenly creates a domino effect of CBs from other clubs quickly moving into fill the voids left in succession by their predecessors.

We've reported on several occasions already this summer Barcelona's on again, off again flirtation with Liverpool's vice captain Daniel Agger. Naturally, the news from earlier today that Thomas Vermaelen had moved into pole position for the vacant CB position at Camp Nou meant that there is a void at Arsenal and it must be filled. By whom, you ask? By Daniel Agger, of course. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, and football is not exempt from Newton's Third Law any more than anything else in the universe is.

It makes sense insofar as there is a vacancy at Arsenal, Agger is evidently on the outs at Liverpool, and... well that’s about it. It's an easy enough equation for anyone to put together, but that the Mirror is reporting on a planned Arsenal bid as a fact based on "knowledge" gained from The Paper That Shall Not Be Named™ should lend a decent dose of skepticism to the story.

Agger himself is healded for his characteristic bluntness, and although he hasn't spoke to any specific transfer rumours yet this summer, Fernando Torres' defection to Chelsea provided an impetus to discussing the idea of transferring to another club within the Premiere League.

"It is unacceptable to play for one of Liverpool's arch rivals," he said in 2011. "For a Dane, it's about having respect for the club you play at. I am proud to be able to pull on my Liverpool jersey and will never go to another club in England. I would never go to Manchester United or Everton, for example. It's about a form of respect for the club."

It's been an odd summer and many unexpected things have already transpired, so it's impossible to rule out a move to Arsenal for Agger if Vermaelen does indeed end up at Barcelona. But if we take Agger at is word, and it's very hard to find a reason why not to, Arsenal will not be his final destination should he end up leaving Liverpool by September 1.