Liverpool centre back Daniel Agger has revealed it would be difficult for him to remain at Anfield if Barcelona were to make an approach for his services.
The 27 year old captain of his national team has two years left on his Reds contract and is reportedly also a target for Premier League champions Manchester City, who have already had several offers turned down by the Merseyside club. The latest bid is believed to be worth £20m. The Catalan giants, meanwhile, have yet to make an offer but should one be made and accepted, Agger has confessed he would favour the move.
"There is one club who would make it very difficult for me to stay at Anfield. Barcelona would be great, because they are the best in the world. But I am feeling great where I am. I'm with a special club, and I feel I am influencing what happens on the pitch. I am happy to be a Liverpool player," the Daily Mail quoted Agger as saying.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted he wants to keep the defender at Anfield but has also conceded the player could be sold if the club received what he called a "ridiculous offer". The player previously emphasised his desire to stay but after holding talks with the manager, now feels his fate rests with the club's owners.
"No, absolutely not. But I do not think it is his call to make. I guess the owners are the ones to make that call, just like it is in any other company. It is fine with me. This is about the ability to adapt and that is something I am very good at. I do not need to know everything that is going on around me," the defender said, according to Danish sports Web site Sporten.dk.
"Everything in football is about winning, and that is also the case for me and for a lot of other people outside of football. Trophies are important and I would not have stayed at Liverpool if I did not think that Liverpool are capable of winning things," Talksport quoted the defender as saying.
Agger, who has also been linked to Spanish champions Real Madrid, arrived at Anfield from Brondby, in 2006 and has made more than 200 appearances for the club in all competitions so far, scoring 14 goals. Liverpool left the Dane out of their friendly with Bayer Leverkusen on 12 August and his absence, from an otherwise strong Reds line-up, sparked rumours a move to City could be close.
Skrtel Close to New Deal
Meanwhile, Agger's centre back partner Martin Skrtel is on the verge of agreeing an improved four year contract with Liverpool, according to ESPN. The Slovakian, whose present deal expires in the summer of 2014, has been linked with potential moves to City and Napoli this summer, after the Reds finished eighth in the league last season. However, the report says the 27 year old has been encouraged by team mate Luis Suarez's decision to sign a new contract and is now ready to agree an extension till 2016.