Rafa Benitez Could Sign Experienced New Center-Back Target At A Decent Price

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Newcastle are reported to be interested in signing former Liverpool center-back Martin Skrtel, who only left Liverpool last summer and joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce.

The report is in Turkish outlet FotoMac, but it wouldn’t be difficult for any outlet to simply assume Rafa would want the 32 year-old at Newcastle, whether it was accurate or not.

Skrtel is still a good player and maybe a couple or three years at Newcastle would help the stability of our defense and he would certainly add some Premier League experience with Martin having played a massive 242 games in England’s top league for Liverpool in the eight years he was at Anfield.

32 year-old former Liverpool center-back Martin Skrtel

FotoMac are also reporting that Celtic and Swansea may be interested in the player who turns 33 at the end of this year – so he still has two or three good years left at the top level in football.

The fee seems a little high at £4.8M, but Skrtel had a good season at Fenerbahce last season and he could be worth that amount of money to Newcastle over say the next three vital years for the club.

The report details that Swansea and Celtic are also interested in the Slovakian, with the Turkish powerhouse having paid £5M for him last summer.

Skrtel made 49 appearances across all competitions last season and after some reflection maybe Skrtel signing for Newcastle would be an excellent move for Rafa to make this summer.

Benitez signed him for Liverpool from Zenit Saint Petersburg back in January, 2008 on an initial four and a half year deal for £6.5M.

The 90 times capped Slovakian International ended up staying there for eight years and was a huge success for the Reds.

As we said earlier,  the more we think about signing Martin this summer the more it makes sense as a short three year solution that will add immense experience to Newcastle’s back four.

Martin also has excellent leadership skills and is a no-nonsense defender.

What do you think?

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