Early in the summer, there were rumours that Daniel Agger could be on his way out of Liverpool, with Barcelona suggested as a possible destination. Over the weekend, those rumours resurfaced, with growing rumbles in the Spanish press that the Catalans' failure to land top defensive target Marquinhos had them looking at Plan B. And that Plan B for Barcelona was spelled Daniel Agger.
There has been little but the Spanish speculation to go off of and as yet no signs of confirmation from the Liverpool end, but that hasn't stopped England's tabloids and rumour mongers from grabbing on to the story with both hands. One that says a £12M fee has been agreed between the clubs, that discussions are ongoing with Agger's representatives, and that a deal is possible within the coming weeks.
"Daniel Agger is a modern defender who is good both in defence as well as going forward, so of course he is top class," said Danish national team manager Morten Olsen* when he was asked about the new round of rumours this summer linking the centre half with a Barcelona move. "I understand fully why he would be interesting for a club like Barcelona."
Olsen, though, is less concerned with whether Agger would make sense for Barcelona than whether Barcelona would be a good fit for Agger. And given his injury record and that he's coming off a season where he wasn't automatic first choice for Liverpool, the Danish manager comes down fully on the side of it being the best possible move for his national team captain.
"I have personally told Daniel that with his injuries it would be sensible him to get away from the most physical league in the world," Olsen said. "It certainly wouldn't hurt him, [and] from our point of view it is madness he doesn't play at Liverpool. So I want to see him play because if he doesn't play, he is a man and player who is unhappy. He is also of an age now where he has to play."
Whether there's any truth to the rumours linking Agger with a Barcelona move is another question, but for all the reasons Olsen sets out, it's hard to disagree with the idea that it would be a move that could benefit him. Especially if the arrival of Dejan Lovren is a sign that Agger has been pushed further down Brendan Rodgers' depth chart.
* Translation by community member Marque Pierre