MARTIN SKRTEL’S move to Rangers is dead in the water, according to the veteran Slovakian international’s agent.
Karol Csonto confirmed the 33-year-old Fenerbahce defender had been initially contacted by his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard even BEFORE he had been announced as the team’s new manager.
Talks had been ongoing ever since, but the deal-maker has now called a halt to the discussions and the new Ibrox gaffer will have to look elsewhere.
Csonto revealed Gers only offered to pay his player a fraction of his £60,000-a-week contract in Istanbul – and that, after holding talks with his Turkish counterpart, managing director Stewart Robertson could not get close to matching the Turkish giants’ asking price of £5million.
Skrtel’s advisor appeared on Slovakian TV and admitted that the two clubs were “far apart” in terms of their valuation.
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Afterwards, he added: “Martin would be very happy to play under Steven Gerrard, but sometimes, regarding transfers, you need to put so many things together and in this situation it’s impossible.
“When there is only a small difference then you can find a solution. But in this case, the salary of the player in Turkey is four or five times more than what Rangers could offer. That makes it impossible.
“Also, Fenerbahce will never let him go because he is their most important player and they need him for the Champions League qualification. That means at this moment, the deal would cost five or six million euros minimum. And, as I told you, the salary is very different.
“Steven tried to make it happen, but he had no idea about the financial situation of the player. He is trying to get the best players possible and that’s why he spoke to Martin about this, but, unfortunately, it’s going to be impossible.
“Steven spoke to Martin about it before he went to Rangers. Eventually, the chief executives of the clubs did speak about a transfer but they both agreed the difference between them is too much.”