Liverpool defender Daniel Agger was strongly linked with a move to Serie A giants Napoli last month, which would have meant a reunion with former boss Rafael Benitez.
As speculation grows over Agger’s future, the Dane may have to shortly start considering his options if it becomes evident to him that he’ll be sold in the summer over the rest of the season.
Brendan Rodgers reportedly has doubts over whether Agger can form a part of the Liverpool defence he wants to create moving forwards and a move to Napoli could turn out to be his best option.
It’s a move which should allow him to play Champions League football next season, which is something that will be important to him considering it looks as though Liverpool should finish at least fourth by the end of the campaign.
The benefits of working with Benitez are numerous for him because he’s the coach who originally took him to Liverpool.
The interest last month is proof that Benitez still has that belief that Agger can be a top European defender and he could thrive in the less physical nature of Serie A football.
Importantly for Liverpool, doing a deal with Napoli would represent not having to sell him to a Premier League rival.
Arsenal and Chelsea are among the sides who could be realistically interested in Agger at the end of the season, with both clubs needing to bolster their defensive options.
Allowing Agger to move to another Premier League side would mean there being a chance that it could come back to haunt Liverpool, which is something that Rodgers would prefer to avoid.
It's also a move which would threaten Agger's reputation with Liverpool fans, something which he is very protective over.
It’s difficult to judge how much truth is in the report from the last couple of days considering Liverpool have turned down bids from Manchester City and Barcelona for Agger in the last two years with the latter coming while Rodgers has been at the club.
It’s a very obvious and beneficial move for the player if the writing is on the wall and Liverpool could command a good fee from Napoli for a player about to enter the final part of his career.
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