After previously being touted for a reunion with Rafa Benitez at Napoli, Liverpool vice-captain Daniel Agger is now understood to be on the verge of a shock cut-price return to former club Brondby.
According to reports, the Reds are locked in talks with the Danish side over a permanent £3 million deal, with a settlement being agreed over the remaining two seasons of the long-serving defender’s £120,000-per-week contract.
The 29-year-old centre-back has made 232 appearances for the club since arriving from Brondby in 2006, but the signings of Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovern over the past two campaigns have seen him fall out of contention for a regular starting place.
Said to be desperate to leave Anfield, he was linked to Barcelona earlier this summer, prior to the Catalan giants signing Thomas Vermaelen, as well as with a £12 million move to Atletico Madrid, before Danish newspaper BT reported this week that Napoli were the front-runners for his signature.
As the man who first brought him to England, Benitez was said to be desperate to land Agger’s services, but the Denmark international has informed Liverpool that he has no interest in moving to anyone else other than his boyhood team.
The transfer has subsequently been complicated by the fact that the Danish outfit are in no position to pay anywhere near the original £10 million asking price but, with the 64-times capped international intent on a move back to his homeland, the Merseyside club are resigned to accepting a significantly lower fee than was first hoped this summer.
Liverpool even rejected an offer of £20million from Manchester City in 2012 and £15million from Barcelona 12 months ago, but they have at least got solid value out of the £5.8 million they paid for him over eight years ago.
Agger initially joined Brondby at the age of 12, helping the Copenhagen-based side to the league title in 2005 prior to leaving for Merseyside, and insuring that he’ll be greeted with a hero’s welcome upon his return.