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Ex-Liverpool hero Martin Skrtel turned down Barcelona move last month

EX-LIVERPOOL star Martin Skrtel turned down the chance to become the latest Anfield hero to swap Merseyside for Barcelona during the January transfer window.

The Slovakian joined Turkish giants Fenerbahce in 2016 after almost nine years with the Reds but is out of contract in the summer.

Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Javier Mascherano have all traded Anfield for the Nou Camp in recent years but Barcelona failed to lure Skrtel to Spain.

The 34-year-old remains very content in the Turkish Super Lig and the Catalan giants eventually turned to signing Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia instead.

According to Mithat Halis, a partner in the company that represents Skrtel, the defender spurned the chance to follow his former team-mates to the Nou Camp.

He said: "Barcelona wanted to sign him (Skrtel) and were insisting on him because they needed a central defender that was a reliable alternative, but the player didn't agree because he did not want to be a substitute for Pique and Umtiti."

"I think he is a better centre-half than Clement Lenglet (Barcelona's eventual defensive signing). On the other hand, Martin Skrtel is happy in Istanbul and has an important role to play in Fenerbahçe. He did not want to be third choice at Barcelona.

"They (Barça reps) saw the player in the game between Slovakia and the Ukraine and appreciated again that Skrtel is the leader of his team, but Skrtel told us he wants to continue playing in Turkey."

Coutinho was the last Liverpool star to make the switch to Spain but just after a year at his new club, Barcelona are already reportedly open to offers for the Brazilian.

Coutinho left Anfield for the Camp Nou in January last year for a deal that could end up being worth £142 million, after an initial payment of £105 million.

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