Liverpool are said to be preparing themselves to face a battle to keep Martin Skrtel at the club this summer, according to The Daily Mail.
The Slovakian centre-half has two years left on his contract at Anfield, however negotiations over an extension are said to have wielded limited success.
The eastern European stopper is said to be frustrated by the Reds’ poor performance in the 2011-12 Premier League campaign, and is weighing up other options away from Merseyside.
Manchester City are said to have an interest in Skrtel, with Napoli and super-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala also monitoring the situation carefully.
If a contract solution is not reached in the next month Liverpool may well face a decision over whether to sell the defender before his value drops, but Brendan Rodgers has stated that he is eager to keep Skrtel at the club.
“I’ve heard nothing from any other club. Martin has been fantastic. He seems happy and contented. He has fit into my plans and ideas. I will fight as hard as I can to keep the players that I want here and Martin is one of them,” the Northern Irish manager confessed.
Skrtel has refused television interviews of late, adding to speculation that he could be looking to leave Anfield.
By Gareth McKnight