Rumours abound over the impending departure of long-serving centre-back Daniel Agger from Liverpool, with every bookie going odds-on that he joins Barcelona.
That’s every bookie except for bwin, who stand alone at 23/20 about the Dane moving to Catalonia.
This is a price that simply must be gobbled up as the transfer seems all but certain to go ahead.
Here are the reasons why it looks almost iron clad that Agger will be gracing the Nou Camp next season:
Firstly, new Barca boss Luis Enrique appears to be buying players for the positions he needs to strengthen.
In the past Los Blaugrana have attempted to shore up their backline through buying holding-midfielders, such as Javier Mascherano and Alex Song.
This pre-season has already seen them draft in bona fide stopper Jeremy Mathieu from Valencia and they continue to be linked to round pegs that fit the particular round hole Carles Puyol vacated.
Dejan Lovren’s Anfield arrival surely spells the end for one Liverpool centre-half.
Agger, whose Merseyside departure has been mooted for many a season, looks the most likely to be given the boot.
Martin Skrtel was arguably their best defender last term, Mamadou Sakho is regarded as the long-term chief rearguard marshal and Kolo Toure’s experience will be key to knit the defence together, while he can’t command the same kind of transfer fee as Agger, so it’s unlikely that any of these will be given the heave-ho.
Only once since 2009/10 has the 29-year-old made fewer league starts than what he managed last term.
Making the line-up just 16 times compared to 35 the previous suggests the Denmark international’s Liverpool days are numbered.
Sporadic use of the centre-back didn’t prevent the Reds matching their best ever Premier League finish and this could have led Brendan Rodgers to believe that they’ll get by just fine without him.