By Darren Lewis
Manchester City have been asked to come up with a staggering £27million package to get their hands on Liverpool’s Daniel Agger.
The Mirror broke the story of the Premier League champions’ initial £13m bid for Agger last week.
Now, we understand City have had another bid – of £20m – turned down for the 27-year-old Danish defender.
The timing is awkward, as Agger appeared to be sporting a new tattoo reading YNWA – the initials of Liverpool’s You’ll Never Walk Alone motto – at training on Monday!
And not only do the Reds want something close to £23m, they have asked for Adam Johnson to be thrown into the package on a year’s loan deal.
The £20m bid was made last week and was rejected immediately by Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group.
That runs counter to suggestions from Anfield that Liverpool would do business at that price.
The Reds are said to have indicated privately that they want a package which values England winger Johnson at around £3m-4m.
But City are not prepared to sanction that while also increasing their latest cash offer.
City figures remain confident they can land Agger, who has two years left on his contract and, despite claims to the contrary from his agent, is interested in a move.
Earlier in the day, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers conceded he might do business if the right offer came in for Agger.
The Reds are also negotiating to sell striker Craig Bellamy to hometown club Cardiff, Rodgers confirmed.