Liverpool have signed nine players this transfer window, and now are looking to move on a few, according to today’s LFC transfer rumours.
Having signed Rickie Lambert, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi, Javier Manquillo, Alberto Moreno and Mario Balotelli so far this summer for a combined £117 million, Liverpool are set to shed a few at the end of the transfer window.
Firstly, the departure of Daniel Agger this summer would be of no surprise to the Anfield faithful, but it’s perhaps his reported destination that may shock.
Daniel Agger looks set to return to Denmark with Brondby closing in on a deal to sign the Liverpool defender.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) August 29, 2014
A return to former club Brondby is reportedly on the cards, according to various sources.
The Liverpool Echo, claim that a £3 million move to the Danish Superliga side is set to be completed before the end of the transfer window on Monday.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) August 29, 2014
James Pearce writes that the player “has been linked with Atletico Madrid and Napoli but Agger informed Liverpool he had no interest in playing for anyone else other than Brondby in his homeland.”
However this was “complicated by the fact that Brondby aren’t in a position to pay anywhere near the market value for Denmark’s captain.”
It is suggested that the Danish club will pay the nominal fee, whilst Liverpool are “close to a settlement with Agger over the final two years of his £120,000 per week contract,” suggesting that the 29-year-old will earn significantly less at Brondby.
A return to Denmark would underline the immense loyalty Agger has to his previous, and current, employers—along with Atletico and Napoli, Barcelona and Manchester City have declared interest in the centre-back in the past.
Agger joined Liverpool from Brondby for £5.8 million in 2006, making 232 appearances for the club.
Another player that may finally be on his way from the Reds this summer is Italian forward Fabio Borini, who saw his first-team opportunities increasingly limited following the arrival of countryman Balotelli.
The Echo continue by quoting Rodgers as claiming “Fabio has got a move there to Sunderland which has been ongoing for a number of weeks. He knows where he stands in terms of his position here at Liverpool.”
“For him, it’s best to move on and get playing regularly. But that’s something he has to decide.”
The Ulsterman is clearly taking a hard edge with the young striker, after Borini seems to have dug his heels in following Liverpool accepting a £14 million big from Sunderland for his services last month.
Black Cats manager Gus Poyet is a big fan of the 23-year-old after a fruitful loan spell with the club last season.
Borini scored seven goals and made two assists in 32 appearances for Sunderland last season.
Rodgers continued by highlighting his first-choice strike options, saying “we will have the types of strikers that I want in Balotelli, Sturridge and Lambert.”
“For Fabio, he will want to play I’m sure. He’s a good kid whose opportunities here been limited. We will see how that develops.”
It is clear that the striker will not see many opportunities at Liverpool this season—a move away may be for the best.
Perhaps complicating this potential deal is another involvement between Liverpool and Sunderland this season, with Uruguayan centre-back Sebastian Coates linked with a loan move to Wearside.
Uruguayan publication Espectador claim that a temporary move will be to see Coates “continue adapting to English football, to return to the club and earn a spot.”
Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported the link, suggesting that “Sunderland are looking at loans to strengthen their defence as they push the bulk of their spending budget towards bringing in a striker.”
Coates is 23 years old and has made 24 appearances for Liverpool since a 2011 move to Merseyside.
The notion that a loan for Coates is with a big-money move for a striker in mind ties nicely together with a permanent move for Borini.
Perhaps this will be a ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ situation between the two clubs.
In other news, two of Liverpool’s much-reported summer targets are set to join other clubs in the near future.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) August 29, 2014
Remy from QPR to Chelsea for €10m is done, reports @DiMarzio
— Gabriele Marcotti (@Marcotti) August 29, 2014
Next up, English goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has completed a move to Premier League bottom-dwellers QPR.
— QPR FC (@QPR) August 29, 2014
The 24-year-old was strongly linked with a move from Reading to Liverpool, following a wonder performance against Rodgers’ Reds in 2013.
Nice to see Alex McCarthy get a deserved move to the PL. Looks like he'll get the chance to show everyone just how good he is !
— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) August 29, 2014
McCarthy would have provided Simon Mignolet with some much-needed competition, but a move to Harry Redknapp’s QPR should see the young goalkeeper given plenty of first-team opportunities in the Premier League this season.
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