Liverpool Latest: Arch rivals to swoop for Agger? Lovren with the under-21s

Agger And Skrtel

A round up of the latest news stories and transfer rumours about Liverpool from the past 24 hours.

Reports from Spain suggest Barcelona have competition from Liverpool’s arch rivals Manchester United for centre-back Daniel Agger. Agger could be available following the arrival of Dejan Lovren but his history with the Reds makes it difficult to see United pulling off a deal.

New signing Lovren has been training with the Liverpool under-21 side after failing to obtain a visa, which would have allowed him to link up with the Reds on their pre-season tour of the USA.

“Unfortunately I could not get a visa straight away –I will train with the under-21 team in Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers will send a programme for me to practice,” said the Croatian.

Fabio Borini’s move to Sunderland is back on according to the Daily Mail. The Italian was linked with a £14 million transfer earlier this summer, but the deal appeared to fall apart with Borini stressing that he wanted to stay at Anfield and fight for his place in the side.

Brendan Rodgers has hinted that the signings the club have made this summer are very much with the future in mind.

“We see them as young players who can really develop in the future as well. The integration into the squad is smooth as we’ve got a wonderful group of players,” he told the Liverpool website.

Rodgers has also revealed his belief that current champions Manchester City are the favourites to retain their Premier League title.

“I think that when you are the champions - rightly so - you go into the next season as the favourites...they pipped us by a couple of points so they will be the benchmark for next season,” said the boss.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins has said striker Wilfried Bony can leave the club at the right price. Liverpool have been linked with making a move for the centre forward.

“Wilfried Bony is a fantastic professional. If a top Champions League club comes in, and puts the right offer on the table, then of course we will speak to him,” he told talkSPORT.

Spanish champions Atletico Madrid have secured a deal for Belgian youngster Zakaria Bakkali. Atletico will reportedly pay a fee of £1.5 million according to talkSPORT. Liverpool and Sunderland are among the sides who were thought to be mulling over moves for the player.

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