As reported by The Daily Mail, Fenerbahce have ruled out the sale of Rangers summer transfer target Martin Skrtel.
Now Steven Gerrard is at Ibrox, Rangers fans can expect a summer full of transfer rumours linking the club with a variety of the Liverpool legend’s former teammates and contacts.
One player that had been linked with a move to Glasgow was Slovakian international Martin Skrtel, who played alongside Gerrard for years at Anfield.
However, Fenerbahce, his current club, are adamant he won’t be moving anywhere this summer.
As quoted by The Daily Mail, manager Aykut Kocaman said:
Martin Skrtel is an important part of the team. He won’t be going anywhere this summer. Why would he? He is happy here.
He is a brave warrior. Last week against Kasimpasa, he received the worst wound I have seen in my football career. His head was burst open.
But he got five stitches and played on. He had to go to hospital after the game and get several more stitches. This is the type of person he is. He is an inspiration.
It’s clear then he is a respected member of the Turkish side’s first team squad, but Rangers fans will likely still be keeping their fingers crossed that the situation changes in the coming weeks and months.
The Rangers defence has been lightweight for ages now and bringing in an experienced professional, who has played at the elite level, could be massive in reversing their fortunes.
With over 300 appearances for Liverpool and 97 caps for his country Slovakia, Skrtel, who is rated at £2.7m by Transfermarkt, certainly fits the bill.
Don’t forget that their defensive problems have been their downfall this season. Having scored 70 league goals, they’ve been almost as effective in the final third as champions Celtic, while their 44 goals conceded is more than every team in the top four.
Sadly for the Light Blues, it appears they face an uphill battle to get this one over the line.