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Napoli To Rekindle Martin Skrtel Interest In January Transfer Window

Rafael Benitez still eyeing move for Slovakian centre-back.

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Serie A outfit Napoli are still keen on bringing Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel to the club in the January transfer window, according to Forza Italian Football.

The Slovakian international suffered something of a dip in form for the Reds last season, falling out of favour with manager Brendan Rodgers, though his old boss now at Napoli, Rafael Benitez, remains a big fan of his, and it is thought he is the Spaniard’s prime candidate to strengthen his defence.

Benitez only took over as manager of Napoli this summer after a spell as interim coach of Chelsea, and has been linked with several of his former players since then, including Lucas Leiva and John Obi Mikel, and he was successful in bringing in goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a season-long loan.

However, he did not succeed in bringing these players or Skrtel in during the summer, and will look to try again when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Benitez first signed the 28-year-old back in 2008 for a fee of £6.5m from Russian giants Zenit St Petersburg, and the centre-back quickly became an important member of the Liverpool first-team under his management.

However, the club now look to be planning for life without him, having signed two defenders on transfer deadline day this summer, with Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori both moving to Anfield.

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