Reports emanating from the peninsula on Wednesday morning claimed that the Dane was on the verge of approving a move to link up with former boss Rafael Benitez at the San Paolo.
Il Mattino reported that a deal was in place between the two clubs that would see the southern Italians pay out £1 million to take the central defender on loan for the remainder of the campaign and receive first right of refusal to make the switch permanent in June.
Agger has seen limited involvement at Anfield this term, making just seven Premier League starts as Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel have been preferred by Brendan Rodgers, bringing about speculation of an imminent departure from Merseyside.
Napoli have been known to be on the hunt for defensive reinforcements and appeared poised to profit from the 29-year-old’s situation with the Reds, but the Partenopei’s attempts to land his signature now appear to have been scuppered.
Di Marzio has maintained that Liverpool have vehemently rebuffed the Serie A giants’ overtures for Agger, ruling out the possibility of either a loan or straight purchase outright.
He further suggests that Napoli will now turn their attention to Arsenal target Nicolas N’Koulou of Marseille, though the Cameroonian only just reaffirmed his commitment to his current employers, who suffered heavily at the hands of both the Gunners and Benitez’s men in a rancid Champions League group stage campaign.
Partenopei owner Aurelio De Laurentiis remains certain to continue the pursuit of a central defender despite the day’s setbacks, already having confirmed that Napoli will spend in January in pursuit of the Serie A title after falling victim to the ‘group of death’ last week in Europe.
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