Manchester City Set to Make Shock Move for Ex-Liverpool Defender Martin Skrtel

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​According to Turkish sports media company ​Fanatik, Manchester City are set to make a shock move for Fenerbahce's Martin Skrtel.

The surprising story links 32-year-old Skrtel with a return to the Premier League, a year after leaving Liverpool.

Fenerbahce's Slovakian defender Martin Skrtel (L) challenges Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney (R) during the UEFA Europa League group A football match between Manchester United and Fenerbahce at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on October 20, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Slovakian international left Liverpool for Fenerbahce last summer for £5m, ending his eight year association with the Anfield club.

According to the Turkish media outlet, Pep Guardiola's side are set to open negotiations with Skrtel and will offer him an astounding €4m (£3.6m) per-season.

The Citizens are also expected to enter direct talks with Fenerbahce, if the initial response given by Skrtel’s representatives is positive.

The report comes as a shock, but it is not the first time Skrtel has been linked with a return to the Premier League this summer.

Newcastle United, Stoke City and Swansea City are also reported to be plotting a move for Skrtel, with Newcastle most strongly linked earlier in the window when it was reported that Rafa Benitez wanted to link up again with the former Liverpool man.

However the defender already gave a response to reports that he could possibly move to the Premier League this summer, earlier in the window: 


“I don’t want to leave, I have settled in and want to remain at Fenerbahce," claimed Skrtel.


The centre-back is a first team regular for the Yellow Canaries and made 31 Süper Lig appearances last season as they finished third.

However Fenerbahce at risk of not complying with Financial Fair Play regulations, so may be forced to sell some of their star players this summer, in order to balance the books. 

Skrtel was a popular figure at Liverpool making a total of 320 appearances in all competitions, however it remains to be seen whether he will be playing in the Premier League again next season.


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