Martin Skrtel is believed to have confirmed that he is holding talks about a possible Rangers switch this summer, according to Fotomac.
The Turkish media outlet have claimed the former Fenerbahce centre-back has revealed he has held discussions about reuniting with Steven Gerrard and about playing his football at Ibrox in the upcoming campaign.
The Slovakian defender is thought to have held talks with his former employers as well. However, the Istanbul giants were said to be unwilling to meet his wage demands.
The 34-year-old has previously admitted to holding talks with Rangers about a move this summer, so the claims from Fotomac are hardly new. “There are offers but I’m not in a hurry to choose my new team. I have some criteria and I have to be patient,” he told Slovakian media (via The Daily Record). “My agent made interviews with Basaksehir, Fenerbahce, Parma, Olympiacos and Glasgow Rangers. But I can’t say anything more for now.”
Skrtel had a solid year for Fenerbahce in what was a difficult campaign for the club in the Super Lig last season, as he managed to record an average of 1.2 tackles and 1.1 interceptions in his 27 top-flight appearances (WhoScored), showing that he still has the ability to perform at a decent level despite his age.
However, it would not be a surprise to see his wage demands be of a high figure, as he was on a £60,000-a-week contract (Daily Record) with the Turkish outfit and could look to demand a hefty figure once again, which is perhaps why the Istanbul outfit decided against offering him a new contract and something Rangers may not be able to meet with Football Insider claiming Alfredo Morelos was the highest earner at Ibrox on £30,000-a-week prior to his latest contract.
Also, whether Gerrard needs a new centre-back to come into the side is debatable this summer as he already has a number of options to choose from. The likes of George Edmundson and Filip Helander have both arrived and will provide the likes of Connor Goldson and Nikola Katic with the competition the manager wants within his squad.
But, there could also be an argument that having the experienced enforcer in the side would be worthwhile as the club’s current backline is rather young and has not played at the highest levels of the game, unlike the manager’s former team-mate. Helander and Goldson are both 26, Katic is 22 and Edmundson is still only 21.
It will be interesting to see what happens in regards to Skrtel and whether Rangers decide to make a move for the free-agent this summer.
As mentioned, the links are nothing new as various reports had been circulating the rumour last summer with the Scottish Sun even claiming back in May 2018 that a deal had almost been completed.
A move could bring its benefits with the amount of experience he has to offer, but he could also be a costly addition in an area that could see him have a very limited impact on the pitch moving forward.
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