By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Martin Skrtel is on the verge of signing for Turkish side Fenerbahce after a £5million fee was agreed with Liverpool, according to a report.
The advanced nature of the discussions is likely to bring to an end the Slovakian’s eight-year Anfield career.
The Daily Telegraph claim that Skrtel will complete the formalities of the transfer within the coming days even though he is competing for Slovakia at Euro 2016.
Skrtel was told by Jurgen Klopp at the end of the domestic season that he could leave as his first-team opportunities would be limited in 2016-17.
As reported by Football Insider on Tuesday night, his representative Mithat Halis revealed there were three principal offers on the table for the veteran centre-back.
Speaking live on Turkish radio station Radyospor, as quoted by Turkish Football, Halis said: “There are three clubs that want Martin, Fenerbahce have been interested for four years but there are also offers from China and Wolfsburg also want him.”
He added: “Besiktas are not interested and Galatasaray cannot currently afford him.”
Skrtel still has two years left to run on his current contract with Liverpool, but fell out of favour with Klopp in the second half of 2015-16.
The German manager is looking to put his own stamp on the squad in his first summer transfer window as Liverpool boss.
Joel Matip has signed on a free transfer from Schalke, while Dejan Lovren has established himself as the team’s leading centre-back after a difficult start to his Anfield career.
Skrtel did play a part in the tailend of Liverpool’s league campaign as Klopp rested all his best players for their run to the Europa League final but was overlooked in favour of Kolo Toure, who has been released by the club, for the marquee matches at the end of the season after Mamadou Sakho was hit with a drugs ban.
Skrtel has repeatedly drawn criticism from Liverpool fans for his performances after struggling to recover his form following a serious hamstring injury.
In other Liverpool transfer news, former Red Albert Riera has revealed why he thinks Roy Hodgson contributed to Javier Mascherano’s departure from the club.