9 Jul 2016

Deal Almost Done: Liverpool very close to sealing transfer for 'outstanding' £75k-a-week international

Earlier this week, Turkish giants Fenerbahce confirmed ongoing transfer talks with Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, and new reports today suggest the deal is almost done.

On Thursday, Fenerbahce posted the following statement on the club's official website:

"Fenerbahce have started talks with Martin Skrtel over a transfer from Liverpool".

According to Sky Sports today:

"Martin Skrtel is very close to signing for Turkish side Fenerbahce for a fee of £5m, according to Sky sources".

The departure of Skrtel has extra significance as it means that Lucas will be the last remaining Rafa Benitez signing still at the club.

Benitez made his fair share of transfer mistakes, but he also bought quite a few long-standing mainstays, including Skrtel, Agger, Lucas, Kuyt, and Reina.

Skrtel is in his 8th year at Anfield, and like Lucas - who is in his 10th year - he has served the club well over the years.

As a comparison: Ten of Kenny Dalglish's eleven signings are no longer at the club (Hendo is the last remaining holdout), and Brendan Rodgers' attrition rate (i.e. players already sold or farmed out on loan) is currently at 42%.

Will any of Rodgers' signings stay at Anfield for as long as Lucas and Skrtel? I can't see it.

^ Dec 2015: Described by Jan Molby as an 'aggressive' defender.


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