£13m Agger Bid ‘Turned Down by Liverpool’
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has been the subject of a £13million bid from Manchester City, according to one report today, but the bid has been rejected by the Reds.
The Daily Mirror claims that City lodged the bid with Liverpool last week and that it was immediately turned down by the Anfield side. The paper adds that City are willing to sell Kolo Toure to partly fund the transaction.
Agger was linked with interest from Barcelona earlier this month with reports from Denmark claiming he was one of a number of players the Catalan giants were lining up as an alternative to Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez.
The Denmark international is under contract at Anfield until 2014 so there is no pressure on Liverpool to sell and manager Brendan Rodgers has already said that Agger wants to stay at Anfield and fight to make the club better. Reports earlier this month linking Agger with Real Madrid and which also appeared in today’s Mirror report appears to be without foundation.
Liverpool are said to be keen to offer Agger a new deal at Anfield but it remains to be seen whether or not they can compete with City’s finances. However, the Mirror claims that Agger has already told Rodgers that he wants to leave the club and will decide in the coming weeks whether to head for the Etihad Stadium or for Spain.
Aquilani Flies Back To Italy
After yesterday’s report that Fiorentina are interested in Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani comes news that the Italian midfielder’s departure from Anfield has been decided.
Aquilani was linked yesterday with interest from Fiorentina. The Serie A club were keen on the 28-year-old earlier this summer but they are only willing to offer him a nett wage of 1million euro a year. With Italian income tax at 43 percent that works out at a gross pay of 1.75million euro a year, the equivalent of £26,000 a week. Aquilani reportedly earns £125,000 a week at Anfield.
Aquilani flew back to Italy after Liverpool’s tour of North America ended at the weekend. A number of other clubs are believed to be interested in the former Roma player, who spent last season on loan at AC Milan and the season before at Juventus. He moved to Liverpool from Roma for £17million in 2009 but endured a poor first season at the club and was sent out on loan to Juve in 2010 by then-manager Roy Hodgson.
Liverpool are also looking to off-load goalkeeper Brad Jones. The 30-year-old has made just one league appearance for Liverpool since signing from Middlesbrough in 2010 for £2.3million and is being linked with a move to Norwich City.