Liverpool to replace Agger with Albiol?

LIVERPOOL may make a �9m bid for Valencia centre-back Raul Albiol if Daniel Agger refuses to sign a new deal to keep him at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL may make a �9m bid for Valencia centre-back Raul Albiol if Daniel Agger refuses to sign a new deal to keep him at Anfield. (Various)

Rafa Benitez is lining up a near-�10million bid for Albiol after the Valencia defender indicated an interest in moving to the Barclays Premier League.

The Liverpool and former Valencia boss will have around �30m for summer signings and has added Albiol, 23, to a list that also includes Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry and Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon.

Albiol is rated at �18m, but Benitez believes he can land him for half that given Valencia's financial plight.


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The Spain centre back, who can also operate in midfield, said: “If I do leave Valencia, it would only be for a big club. The Premier League could be perfect.”

Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez admitted: “We are obliged to sell players, and we know of English interest.”

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