Agger going nowhere
- 14 August 2012 08:36
- Posted by Nicola McCarthy
With the transfer window closing in just over two weeks and the Olympics having come to an end, the back pages are once again fixed on summer signings.
It seems any hopes Roberto Mancini may have had of snatching Liverpool’s Daniel Agger have now been quashed with the Danish defender insisting he is going nowhere.
The Guardian reports the Merseyside club have rejected a £20 million bid from the Blues for the 27-year-old who has says he has no wish to leave Anfield.
“I'd rather stay, I can't imagine playing for any other club in England but you never know if the club think it's better to sell me,” revealed Agger.
"I know there has been interest from Manchester City, but I don't know what Liverpool are responding to it. I am fine with my situation. The club will have to find out what they want to do. I've heard nothing from them. I'd rather stay but that decision is not up to me at the moment.”
“Roberto Mancini is ready to sanction the sale of the Manchester City midfielder to Inter following the £15m purchase of Rodwell,” claims the paper’s Mark Ogden.
“The City manager had been determined to retain De Jong until the Janurary transfer window due to the groin injury that is set to side-line Gareth Barry until mid-September.
“But with Inter stepping up their interest in De Jong in recent weeks, Mancini is now prepared to sell the Holland international following the breakdown of contract negotiations last summer.”
Remember we will be first to let you know if there are any truth in these reports.
Finally for your daily dose of City news this morning, it is being reported that Mario Balotelli will miss Italy’s clash with England tomorrow after apparently suffering from a case of conjunctivitis.
Although the 22-year-old will miss the mid-week friendly, Italian coach Cesare Prandelli has made it clear that he has big plans for the City striker.
“We were hoping Balotelli would recover in time, but it wasn’t to be,” the Italian admitted.
“I want to give him a key role in the long term and I expect him to accept responsibility when I do.”