If reports online are to be trusted, French big-spending powerhouse Monaco are thought to be lining up a lucrative contract for Liverpool defender Daniel Agger. French newspaper L’Equipe last week claimed, that a 4-year contract was on the table and that the deal, which would take the experienced Dane to France, was nearing its conclusion.
Agger signed an improved long-term contract at Liverpool last summer, in the aftermath of widespread speculation linking him with transfers to European giants Barcelona and Manchester City. It is believed that the Danish International is happy at Merseyside, stating that “he feels he belongs at the Club”, after signing his contract extension, which would keep him at Anfield until 2016. Liverpool are currently undergoing a re-building phase, and boss Brendan Rodgers has identified the defender as an integral part of the team, which makes him reluctant to sell the Danish star, who many supporters back for the vice-captaincy following the retirement of Jamie Carragher.
Furthermore, according to BBC, Liverpool are tying up a long-term deal for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 25. The Belgian international was voted “player of the year” by the supporters of the Black Cats last season, and a fee of £8.5M would be enough to tempt him to the Anfield Club, it is believed. The Sunderland goalkeeper has publicly made his interests clear, as he strives to proclaim international recognition before the World Cup in Brazil next summer. This casts doubts over Pepe Reina’s future in England, with Barcelona reportedly looming. Mignolet, at 25, would resemble a younger alternative to Reina, 31, and suits perfectly with the youth-policy of the Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
Magnus Roar Bech