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Out of favour Liverpool star expected in Istanbul next week

Liverpool’s out of favour centre-back Martin Skrtel has edged close to a move away from Anfield after the Turkish sports paper Fanatik reported that he is expected to arrive in Istanbul next week.

The report states that the Slovakian international is on the verge of signing for the Turkish Super Lig giants and will begin pre-season training with his new teammates next week.

Skrtel’s his agent Karol Csonto confirmed to Caught Offside’s Eren Sarigul that Fenerbahce are in advanced talks with Liverpool.

“Talks have been ongoing between Liverpool and Fenerbahce for the last two-three weeks and there are just a few details to sort out,” Csonto said.

“All I can say is that it looks promising.”

Fenerbahce are looking to reinforce their defensive options over the summer following the departures of Abdoulaye Ba and Bruno Alves.

The Slovakian international would join Denmark international Simon Kjaer at centre-back if he does go ahead and make the move. Skrtel joined Liverpool from Russian giants Zenit for £7.5 million in 2007 and has gone onto make 320 appearances for the Merseyside club.

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