Martin Skrtel offered to Newcastle United – Report
Martin Skrtel has been offered to Newcastle United according to reports on Monday.
Rafa Benitez bought the central defender in January 2008 when he was at Liverpool, paying Zenit £9m.
After eight and a half years with the scousers, Skrtel then moved for £5m to Fenerbahce.
However, the Turkish club are now looking to offload the defender’s wages and get some money back on the 33 year old.
Rangers were credited with interest but the combined transfer fee and wages are well beyond them.
Martin Skrtel earned £70,000 a week in salary and bonuses, with Fotomac now reporting that he has been offered to Newcastle United.
He has made 78 appearances in his two seasons at Fenerbahce and despite being set to turn 34 in December, there could be some potential possibility of interest from Rafa Benitez, especially if he can offload Chancel Mbemba.
Skrtel is an international teammate of Martin Dubravka and the pair played together as recently as March this year.
The defender has also been linked to clubs in China and Qatar, so if there is genuine interest from Rafa Benitez, it would depend on whether Martin Skrtel fancied another go in the Premier League or a bigger last contract in the backwaters of football in China or Qatar.
Rafa Benitez is said to want greater freedom in deciding on exactly which players are signed at Newcastle, within any agreed budget.
Last summer, it was claimed that deals for both free agents and loan signings weren’t pushed through because Mike Ashley wouldn’t agree to the high wages for players with a short shelf life or who would not be signing permanently.
It remains to be seen what kind of profile signings have this summer, as a year ago 27 year old Joselu was the oldest player brought in.
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