In-demand Skrtel close to Roma move

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is said to be close to agreeing a move to Serie A side Roma with his time at Anfield over.

Liverpool: In-demand Skrtel close to Roma moveLiverpool: In-demand Skrtel close to Roma move

The centre-back has been told he has no future under Jurgen Klopp and is set for a summer move away after Euro 2016 with several clubs interested.

Turkish trio Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray were all apparently keen to sign the Slovakia international, with Fener having a bid in the region of £5.5million accepted by the Reds, but the 31-year-old is reportedly instead holding out for a move to Italy, with Roma leading the chase for his signature.

Skrtel is one of Liverpool’s longest-serving players and has spent the past eight years at Anfield, making 242 Premier League appearances for the Reds.

Meanwhile, Liverpool remain on the trail of Croatian playmaker Mateo Kovacic but face competition for the Real Madrid midfielder from Juventus.

The Bianconeri are hoping to lure the 22-year-old back to Italy after a largely unsuccessful year at the Bernabeu following his move from Inter but have so far not had much luck trying to negotiate a loan deal with Real keen to sell him permanently.

The Merseysiders are thought to be willing to spend £20million on Kovacic but whether he wants to join a club without Champions League football next season remains to be seen.

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