Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Must Reject Napoli's Martin Skrtel Overtures
It's been an up-and-down summer for Liverpool. On the plus side, they made some nice signings, bringing in Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Kolo Toure. On the negative front, the Luis Suarez saga remained a constant distraction and the team missed out on several major targets.
Still, all in all it was a positive summer for the Reds. Now, all they need to do is avoid having any of their players poached before the end of the transfer window.
Which is why Liverpool must reject any of Napoli's overtures for defender Martin Skrtel.
From Ben Smith of the BBC:
My understanding is that the figure being discussed for Skrtel was £10m. Loan also discussed by Napoli— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) August 21, 2013
Skrtel is far from guaranteed a starting spot, with Daniel Agger firmly entrenched and Toure earning a start in the Premier League opener. But with Sebastian Coates going down to a knee injury, the Reds can't afford to sacrifice any depth by selling or loaning Skrtel.
Just ask Arsenal how dangerous it can be to go into a season lacking depth.
Skrtel has been a key member of Liverpool's defense in the past, though it looks as though Toure has supplanted him for the Reds.
It's possible, of course, that Liverpool could turn to the transfer market and add a centre-back that would allow Skrtel to move to Napoli and join Rafa Benitez—who signed him for Liverpool in 2008—but for now it wouldn't be a wise decision for Liverpool.
Per David Hytner of The Guardian, the team could yet be in for Roma's Erik Lamela, who would represent an excellent addition to the squad. He won't come cheap, however, and Tottenham are also thought to be in for the forward.
From Tancredi Palmeri of CNN:
If Lamela to Tottenham happens, will probably be for not less than 40m €— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) August 21, 2013
If Liverpool paid that kind of money for Lamela, it might signal another player—cough, cough, Suarez, cough—heading out the door.
The point is this—Liverpool are trying to put together a top-four team, and can't afford to sacrifice any depth or key players while Tottenham are busy building a better squad. That's why Skrtel's move to Napoli has to be put on hold, at least for the time being.
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