Man City plotting shock Skrtel swoop

Manchester City are set to push ahead with a move for defender Martin Skrtel as he continues to stall over a new contract at Liverpool the Daily Mail reports.

City boss Roberto Mancini is on the hunt for a new centre back partner for captain Vincent Kompany and has set his sights on bringing Skrtel to the Etihad Stadium after being priced out of a move for €40 million rated Thiago Silva.

The 27-year-old has been a consistent presence in the Liverpool back four ever since arriving on Merseyside  from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2008 and was a shining light in a turbulent season in which the club finished eight under former manager Kenny Dalglish.

New boss Brendan Rodgers now face a fight to keep the Slovakian international at Anfield and will hold crucial talks once the player returns from his honeymoon.

Skrtel’s agent Karol Cstonto admits his client – who is also drawing interest from Real Madrid and Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala – need to speak with Rodgers before making a decision but confessed the Slovak is disappointed with the clubs performance in the previous campaign.

“Everybody knows it wasn’t a great season because we finished in eighth position and that’s not good,” he said.

“I think we deserved to finish higher than eighth position, but there were too many games in which we didn’t get three points – and there were too many games in which we didn’t get what we deserved.’

“Some changes have been made at the club and he wants to know what the aims and ambitions are. And of course, we will discuss the issue of Martin’s new contract.

“Liverpool is a big club and just because they haven’t made the Champions League this year doesn’t mean they would not do it next year.

“There are expectations on both sides, though.”