Earlier today, reports in Turkey claimed Fenerbahce were closing on a deal for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel. Now, an agent working for the group that represents the 31-year-old centre half has come out with confirmation of that report, but with a twist.
According to Mathat Halis, Fenerbahce have been interested in Skrtel for four years now and could land the centre half this summer, but there are two other clubs that could also sign him. And contrary to previous reports of interest from Besiktas and Galatasaray, those clubs aren’t in Turkey.
"There are three clubs that want Martin," Halis told Radyospor today when asked about the latest round of rumours linking Skrtel with a move to the Turkish Super Lig. "Fenerbahce have been interested for four years, but there are also offers from China and Wolfsburg also want him."
Wolfsburg finished eighth in the Bundesliga last season and if the German side’s interest is serious—and if Skrtel felt he was likely to start for them—they would have to be considered favourites to sign him. A move to China, though, could offer a lucrative payday that could be hard to turn down.
Either way, it’s difficult to see Skrtel picking Fenerbahce over Wolfsburg for footballing reasons or the Chinese Super League for financial ones. And whatever happens, it appears that neither of the other Turkish clubs that he has been linked to are serious contenders to sign Skrtel.
"Besiktas are not interested and Galatasary cannot currently afford him," Halis added when pressed on whether he might end up somewhere in Turkey other than Fenerbahce. He further added that Skrtel, who has fallen down the pecking order at Liverpool, is likely to change teams this summer.