Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has been linked to Arsenal as a possible replacement for Thomas Vermaelen. The 29 year old is thought to be interesting Barcelona also, with the Dane preference for a stint with the Catalans.
With Liverpool’s signing of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton, with Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel in it books, it means Daniel Agger who played mostly from the bench in the last third of last season’s games, could be surplus to requirement at Anfield.
With the Thomas Vermaelen situation still in the balance, and Arsene Wenger confirming again after the member’s day event at the Emirates that Thomas Vermaelen would be leaving because, he cannot guarantee him first team football; it’s not a surprise that another defender in Daniel Agger is being linked to Arsenal.
Although, the Dane has a preference for Barcelona, a club he has been linked to on several occasions in the last few summers, however Barcelona’s interest in signing Thomas Vermaelen could mean that Daniel Agger would have to reassess his position which would bring Arsenal into prime position to snap him up.
Although left footed as Thomas Vermaelen, and a far better prospect in aerial duels, the Dane is equally as injury prone as Thomas Vermaelen, something that has made many to question his link to Arsenal.
No doubt he is proven in the Premier League having been at Liverpool for a number of years. And at 29 years, he is at the peak of his career as a defender. However, one thing that he would like to consider is whether he would want to come into a position where he might find it difficult to break into the first team, especially with Arsenal’s established partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
With Arsene Wenger’s failure to guarantee Thomas Vermaelen first team football, incoming defenders might be reluctant to join the trail, when he is a defender as experience as Daniel Agger, and one who would be looking to play regular first team football at the age of 29.
In the end, with a fee in the region of €15 million being enough to price him away from Anfield, would Arsene Wenger take the punt to bring him in if Thomas Vermaelen leaves, chances are, he might choose to bring in the Dane or a defender that could be in his mid twenties so as to enable Calum Chambers grow into the position of central defence in a few years time.
The picture regarding this particular speculations and that revolving around the situation in central defence should become more clearer in the coming days as the transfer window enters its pivotal moments.