Man City battling Barcelona for Liverpool defender Agger

Manchester City face competition from Barcelona for Liverpool defender Dan Agger.

The Daily Mail says City and Barcelona are fighting it out for Liverpool defender Agger after both grew frustrated in the pursuit of Javi Martinez.

Roberto Mancini has targeted the Dane with Kolo Toure almost certain to leave the club this summer, leaving just Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott as top class centre-backs at the club.

The Spanish club, meanwhile, are even more desperate to bolster their rearguard ranks after being forced at times last season to operate with midfielders Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets in the heart of defence.

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