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Agger Points Towards The Catalans

The 27 year old Dane, who has two years left on his Reds contract, and is a a target for the Premier League Champions Manchester City, who have already had several offers turned down by the Merseyside club. The latest bid is believed to be worth twenty million Pounds. The Catalan giants, meanwhile, have yet to make an offer but should one be made and accepted, Agger has confessed he would favor the move.

The question remains would City be wasting their money on Agger, the formation of a central defensive partnership between himself and Vincent Kompany, many believe Agger will be a considerable improvement on other first-choice option of Joleon Lescott.

The England international has come on in leaps and bounds at the Etihad Stadium, and had a strong second half of the campaign, carrying his form into the European Championships. But, in terms of where City are now, and where they want to go in the future, does Lescott's ability fall just short?

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Date:Wednesday August 15 2012

Time: 10:11PM

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Clearly didn't like our wage offer then...
He wouldn't be a significant improvement on Lescott. Some areas of his game are stronger than Lescott's but the same can be said vice versa. Lescott was one of the best CBs in the PL last season and his partnership with Vinnie has been the strongest defensive pairing in the PL for two seasons running. What we need is better cover for what we have not spending £20million on an injury prone player. There are better cheaper alternatives available imo
Why are City chasing a CB, when it is clear that other areas needed addressing?
Buzz Lightyear
We do need better cover to be fair Buzz. We don't want a situation like last season when Kolo was away and we had to rely on Savic following the ridiculous suspension of Kompany.
Like we need 4 top strikers we need the same at the back. Kolo is past it and Savic is so so.
If Mancini is going to play three at the back all season then cover is defiantly needed, trouble is there isn't much value for money out there at the minute. If the DRagM is to be believed; its an English contingent for the Blues this season. Butland, Sinclair and Caulker, all are promising English players but are they really adequate cover?
The DRagM is not to be believed Chris.
By bet is that City will surprise everyone with a couple of quality signing's before the transfer window closes. The board did a pretty good job keeping the Rodwell transfer out of the press; in his interview Rodwell said negotiations had be going on for weeks. Mancini has gone quite on the transfer front, perhaps this is a good sign his targets are being acquired?
Let's hope so mate.
I've personally maintained all summer that I saw no cause for alarm bells if we didn't recruit. Looking at The Fatman and Robin situation out of town, the last 29 year old we signed for money was Benjani. Times have changed since then and I'd rather the club continued the policy of signing players who are much younger with plenty of years left in them. For me, injury plagued Agger isn't making the right noises. I'd rather go with Micah or Boyata at CB when the cover is required.
Johnny Baguette
I suppose we can let the rags have their 15 minutes of the season. The RVP signing will be irrelevant, when we are oce again crowned Champions of England; May 19th 2013.
Not a syllable about Rodwell going to City in the gutter. That is as good as keeping a transfer under wraps gets. I don't agree that we would have been fine without recruiting. We're short on either a) talent b) experience or c) youth, in key areas. They must be addressed this season with 4 competitions and 3 games per week on the horizon again. ACN is another pain in the backside that Mancini has to contend with. My main beef this transfer window has been missing out on our No.1 targets (RvP, Hazard), not that I think we needed RvP but Bob does and we have to support our manager's wishes. I'd imagine his plan was to shift Dzeko out and replace him with RvP. My other beef has been how slow it has taken to sign players. We've known since last Summer that Bob likes to get everything tied up early doors so he can have as much time as possible with new recruits before the season kicks off. Not to be outdone by both Chelsea and the Rags, I'd now be more confident of a marquee signing. deRossi or Martinez would be awesome.
Martinez to Bayern is as good as done Rojo. As for missing out on Hazard and RVP, simply put the club did not feel they were worth the investment. According to reports Hazard's agent pocketed £6million from Chelsea, City were not prepared to pay that, I for one am glad we didn't despite missing out on what looks a wonderful talent. Again according to reports City were unwilling to go above their £15million valuation of Van Persie which makes sense to me. We can't carry on like kids in a sweet shop forever, we have to draw the line somewhere.
Hard to know what the club thought Bluedub, hard to know exactly whatTF is going on behind closed doors anymore. Martinez to Bayern, whatever, just have wait til there's a photo shoot with him holding up a Bayern jersey before you can believe what's a done deal, innit? All the whispers/rumours and then out of nowhere announce the signing of JR. I'm on a mission to stop reading "according to reports" and "claims" and "suggestions". The only thing you can believe are official club quotes, but even then, clubs have got PR machines too and they're looking to put their own spin on things too for their own ulterior purpose. Even the left hand side of my own brain questions whether the right hand is telling the truth :) As for drawing lines and transfers and sweet shops and fat kids, that will depend on the Sheikh and not FFP rules.
I agree with everything you say there mate, who knows what to believe? We're all guilty of believing what suits us to suit our own argument. " that will depend on the Sheikh and not FFP rules. " this is interesting , what makes you say this?
It's not very interesting really BD; it's just my gut feeling on FFP and how ultimately, it is unenforceable. It's just a scare tactic from UEFA (or a genuine attempt to curtail spending for the good of the sport - depends on your levels of paranoia). Either way, I am very confident that the rules have no legal grounding. For example, taking the rules in the context of the whole of Europe, where's the level playing field when the epl are signing £3.1bn rights deals, when the vast majority of La Liga rights are paid to Real and Barca, when Italian and Spanish clubs are burdened by huge debts along with our very own Stretford Utd? The courts (Domestic and EU) would view FFP in a bad light at best - they're anti-competitive to the core (Competition law is at the forefront of EU law). UEFA and FIFA might think they hold all the aces when it comes to control of domestic clubs and associations, but they're in for a surprise when they try to take on the tight controls being enforced by the European powers.
I believe the CL and Europa League are invitational competitions Rojo so the authorities can set whatever entry requirements they want.
How can the Cl or Europa League be invitational when you have to qualify for them? If City are "suspended" from taking part in a European competition, City take their case to the European Courts to be reinstated on grounds a,b,c,d. If the courts find that UEFA can't discriminate against a club on the basis of their balance sheet, then FFP goes out the window.
Maybe I'm wring but I was of the impression that both competitions are classed as invitational. If you don't believe Sheikh Mansour is taking FFP seriously then you're kidding yourself imo. Why do you think we recently hired Tom Glick?
Glick was hired to create, capture and realise new commercial opportunities and increase revenue for the club. That doesn't say anything about FFP compliance though, the club might just want to get rich, and the Sheikh even richer.
Glick was one of the most keen advocates of the FFP structure being introduced to the Championship. I think City recognised this and he was hired in light of this to help us comply with FFP, just my opinion.
Whether Mansour simply wants a sustainable, profit making club or is hell bent on complying with FFP both go hand in hand. But it still doesn't change my argument that if City (or any club for that matter) failed FFP, was booted out of Europe, and took their case to the European courts, they would be successful. Do I think Mansour wants a self sustaining club? Yes, why wouldn't he. Do I think he'd be bothered if City failed FFP? Nope.

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