Slovakian skipper Martin Skrtel is expected to leave Anfield this summer, after losing his place in the first team to Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho, and Kolo Toure… the latter now departed.
Liverpool have also signed Joel Matip, and that could send Skrtel further down the pecking order.
Several sides are said to be interested in the Liverpool defender, including Middlesbrough and Besiktas, but the financial terms of the deal could be a problem.
The 31-year-old still has a couple of years left on his contract at Liverpool, and is believed to be one of the highest earners at the Merseyside club.
Besiktas’ president, Fikret Orman, has revealed that the Turkish club want to sign the defender, but his wages and transfer fee could be a problem.
“Skrtel is a good player and we like him. He has a two-year contract with Liverpool. I think he is earning a gross salary of €10 million. These are big numbers for Besiktas. Liverpool have also demanded a transfer fee. It many respects it is very difficult,” he told Haber Ciniz.
It remains to be seen if the player would be willing to take a wage cut, and with two years left in his contract, it’s very likely Liverpool would want to pocket a transfer fee for the player.
It must be noted the figures coming from Turkey seem slightly on the hide side… well, a lot on the high side.