Etihad Stadium boss wants Anfield defender.
Manchester City want to poach Liverpool’s Skrtel as Real Madrid circle for Silva swoop
Manchester City are to press ahead with interest in Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
The Reds are eager to improve Skrtel’s current deal, but the fact he has yet to sign is offering City hope.
Anzhi Makhachkala are also interested in luring the 27-year-old back to Russia, with the Slovakian joining Liverpool from Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.
Skrtel was a shining light in Liverpool’s turbulent term, winning the club’s Player of the Season gong.
However, as Skrtel himself admitted, Liverpool’s eighth place finish was a below par season – despite the club winning the Carling Cup and reaching the FA Cup final.
‘Everybody knows it wasn’t a great season because we finished in eighth position and that’s not good,’ he said.
‘I think we deserved to finish higher than eighth position, but there were too many games in which we didn’t get three points – and there were too many games in which we didn’t get what we deserved.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Roberto Mancini’s Man City side have had the most effective defence for the past two seasons so one wonders why the Italian is looking to bring in further signings in this department and whether any move to the Etihad Stadium would in the long term be detrimental to Martin Skrtel’s career.
The Slovakian has been a consistent force at the back for Liverpool and one can see why his services would be in demand but Mancini has a pairing of Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott that is seemingly one of the best pairings in Europe. This would lead many to assume that any new signing would only be on hand as cover or if one of the pair experienced a drop in form.
It’s this situation that has left Kolo Toure scratching around for a game and youngster Stefan Savic probably considering his options at the Premier League title holders.
Skrtel may be better off remaining at Anfield where Liverpool are set for another period of transition under new boss Brendan Rodgers but there is hope that the Northern Irish boss will be the man to guide the club towards the top four.