Martin Skrtel could find himself with a very difficult choice this summer.
For whatever reason, Liverpool central defender Martin Skrtel finds himself out of the team and out of favour with Brendan Rodgers.
He hasn’t helped his own situation by implying that Rodgers may not have been telling the truth when he revealed the reasons as to why the Slovakian defender was dropped.
Rodgers doesn’t look dictatorial in his approach or day to day behaviour as a professional manager but if he wants to, he now has the ammunition to exclude Skrtel from the side for longer than he may have expected.
The reason for doing this would be to show his authority, and prevent further examples of discontent and poor behaviour from the rest of the squad.
It could leave Skrtel with no other choice but to move on this summer and there is one club that could be very interested in signing him, Manchester United.
Rio Ferdinand is expected to stay on at Old Trafford for at least another season but Skrtel fits the bill well being 28-years-old as opposed to 34-year-old Ferdinand.
Skrtel has all of the key attributes needed to play in a Sir Alex Ferguson team; he’s a no nonsense defender, has Premier League experience and he’s of the age where the club can put him on a long term contract.
The stumbling block to it all is the fact he’s a Liverpool player and he may not want to risk his reputation, friends and stature at Anfield by joining the club’s arch enemies.
However, if United’s interest is attracted by Skrtel’s surprising availability then he couldn’t really be blamed for looking at that and being attracted to a club which has a much better chance of silverware.
He’d also get the chance to play Champions League football, which may be something he wants to do at Liverpool, as far off in the distance as that seems as a realistic option.
Ultimately, United are going to need another central defender and while it seems unlikely, Skrtel may need a new club.
Liverpool will of course bleed every penny out of United in the process, as they rightly should do, but it won’t exactly make Skrtel Mr Popular if he ever goes back to Anfield in a United shirt.
While joining United may seem far-fetched, a switch to Manchester City may not be so.
Skrtel was linked heavily with a switch to the Etihad last summer, with figures as high as £25 million being cited for the Slovakian.
City are likely to let Joleon Lescott leave this summer, and Kolo Toure is also likely to finally move on, leaving just Vincent Kompany and the impressive young Serb Matija Nastasic in defence.
Roberto Mancini is determined to rebuild his title winners, and a defender of Skrtel's considerable experience and proven Premier League ability may just be exactly what he needs.
Could Skrtel leave for Manchester? What do you think?
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