Liverpool near agreement for defender

Liverpool near agreement for defender

Skrtel Liverpool
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Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim has revealed to AMK Sport that the Turkish side are on the verge of securing the services of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.

Skrtel joined Liverpool from Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg in the summer of 2008 for a fee believed to be in the region of around £6.5 million and the defender has since managed to establish himself as a key figure in the Reds’ backline, making over 300 appearances for the club.

Skrtel set for Fenerbahce move

While Skrtel has proven to be a crucial member of the Liverpool squad since his arrival, he did not enjoy the best of campaigns last term and it is widely believed that manager Jurgen Klopp is now ready to dispense with the services of the defender.

Recently, the Liverpool Echo had reported that Turkish side Fenerbahce were keen on securing the services of Skrtel and that they had managed to agree a fee of around £5.5 million with Liverpool for the 31-year-old.

Now in a further development to the story, Fenerbahce president Aziz Yildirim has gone on to speak regarding Skrtel and has revealed that the deals for the defender as well as former PSG right-back Gregory van der Wiel are ‘almost done’.

Speaking to Turkish outlet AMK Sport, Yildirim said, “Van der Wiel and Slovak Skrtel transfers are almost done.”

Skrtel has been a big presence at Liverpool over the last eight years but he is certainly declining in recent times and the reported £5.5 million from his sale can certainly be viewed as a good deal for the Reds.