Flight booked: Liverpool and Champions League club close to defender deal - report
By Tom Blackburn
Fenerbahce are close completing the signing of out-of-favour Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel, according to a report.
Football Insider last week reported that a fee of around £5million had been agreed to take Skrtel to Turkey.
Turkish-Football.com claim the defender will arrive in Istanbul on Tuesday and join Fenerbahce’s pre-season training camp later this week.
The 31-year-old has been with the Merseyside club since 2008 and is set to join the team who finished as the runners up of the Turkish league last season.
Skrtel has picked up an English League Cup medal during his Anfield career and was instrumental in the cup final, as he scored an equalising goal before Liverpool went on to triumph on penalties over Championship side Cardiff City.
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He has amassed over 300 appearances at Liverpool and also boasts over 80 international matches to his name, but he couldn’t prevent Slovakia’s exit to Germany in the last-16 at Euro 2016 as they were defeated 3-0.
In response to the probable loss of Skrtel, Jurgen Klopp has already recruited Schalke defender Joel Matip as a replacement on a four-year contract.
The defender is following in the footsteps of former Liverpool favourite Dirk Kurt, who moved from Merseyside to Fenerbahce back in 2012.
In other Liverpool news, they are closing in on signing a Champions League players as he jets in for a trial.