Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is said to be weighing up a cut-price summer move for Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel in a bid to shore up his defence, according to the Daily Mirror.
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The Slovakian hard man is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract at Anfield, and the Reds have weirdly waited until now to offer him a new extension, leavening them with not much time or room to manoeuvre.
But the situation has been closely monitored by former Man City boss Mancini, who is keen to take advantage of the impasse after he was priced out of a move for Dynamo Kiev stopper Aleksandar Dragovic.
The 30-year-old is one of the club’s longest standing players, and though they want to keep him, their slopping handling on his renewal could make it difficult to commit him to a new three-year deal.
As Steven Gerrard’s departure to the USA draws closer, Brendan Rodgers is desperate to keep the backbone of his squad together. Having tied Jordan Henderson down to a new deal, he has turned his attention to Skrtel as Raheem Sterling’s future is still up in the air.