With Liverpool’s Daniel Agger far from guaranteed first-team minutes this season, former Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen believes the Danish centre-back should push for a move.
The 29-year-old has made over 200 appearances for the club since arriving from Brondby in 2006, but the arrivals of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovern over the past two seasons have seen him fall out of contention for a regular starting place.
Said to be desperate to leave Anfield, Arnsesen has commended how his fellow Dane has handled his demotion, but stressed that he should be seeking out a move before the close of the transfer window, given that first-team opportunities will be scarce under Brendan Rodgers.
‘He has been a real man and one of the main players of the team. Now he feels suddenly that his status with the coach has gone,’ he was quoted in Danish newspaper BT.
‘What I like about Daniel is that he is willing to do anything to play. He has to play, and it's up to his own ambitions, but I can imagine that we are talking about a top-five country in Europe.’
Arnesen also added that he isn’t concerned about Agger’s noted back problems, which have seen him miss significant chunks of time at Liverpool, and maintains that he can still perform for a top-level club.
‘Of course, clubs will look at it, but you must not forget that the English league is very tough,’ he added.
‘If he went to Spain, as I did, then your body reacts differently. It’s warmer, so your body recovers faster in my experience.’
The subject of intense rumours over the summer, Agger does appear to be attracting the interest of Europe’s biggest sides, with Barcelona reported to have been the front-runner for his signature prior to signing Thomas Vermaelen earlier this month.
Now rumoured to be Atletico Madrid’s number one target, the Liverpool vice-captain could well be granted his desired move over the remaining weeks of the transfer window, with £12 million said to be enough to land his services.
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