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Agger can leave if price is right: Rodgers

August 09, 2012


“Every player has a price and top centre-halves are at a premium,” said Rodgers. -Photo by AP

LONDON: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Wednesday that the Anfield club could be willing to sell Danish international defender Daniel Agger if Manchester City meet their asking price.

Reigning Premier League champions City have been linked with Agger, with manager Roberto Mancini anxious to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes.

City rate the 27-year-old central defender in the #18-million ($28.2m) bracket.

That sum may not be enough to persuade Liverpool to sell, but Rodgers admits that Agger could go if City come back with a higher offer.

“Every player has a price and top centre-halves are at a premium,” said Rodgers.

“Thiago Silva has left AC Milan for PSG for #40 million ($62.7m).

“He (Agger) is one of the leading players in European football, so it is going to be a big valuation.

“Is he a player I want to lose? No. He understands how I want to work and can play a real pivotal part in how I want to play.

“But I am a realist. If someone comes in with a massive bid and it is in the best interests of the club, whether it is Daniel or any other player, you have to look at it.”

Owner John Henry, who sanctioned previous manager Kenny Dalglish's huge summer spending spree 12 months ago, also hinted that Liverpool would be more than willing to sell at the right price in order to raise funds.

“The reality is we don't have the money that was here,” he said.

“I don't have a bucket load of money to go and get in a load of players.

“We have to be strategic.”