Skrtel could follow Reina from Anfield to Napoli…
Liverpool and Napoli have agreed a deal over the sale of Martin Skrtel, reports Italian publication Tutto Sport.
A deal could be completed in the next couple of days.
Speculation started to grow that the 28-year-old Slovakian would leave Anfield after he started only three league games after the New Year.
He does not possess the technical attributes and ability to start attacks from the back that manager Brendan Rodgers asks of his centre-backs.
Skrtel is tempted by the chance to reunite with Rafa Benitez, the manager who brought him to Merseyside. The Italian side have already secured Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina on loan for the season from Anfield, as well as a big money move for Gonzalo Higuain.
Liverpool have been repeatedly linked with defenders all summer following Jamie Carragher’s retirement, and this will only increase if the Skrtel deal does go through.
With question marks over the future of Sebastian Coates too, Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure could be left as the only remaining senior centre-backs at the club. The Reds have been linked with a £12m move for Schalke’s Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopolous, and will be expected to lodge an official bid once Skrtel, who has been at Liverpool for five years, leaves the club.