Liverpool star lined up by Napoli

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Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is set to return to his former club in a bid to land centre-back Martin Skrtel.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Napoli boss is keen to reunite with the player he took to Anfield in 2008 from Zenit St Petersburg.

The report claims Napoli will have to pay in the region of £12million to land the Slovakia international and that Liverpool are ready to cash in on him.

Brendan Rodgers, according to the Daily Express, was prepared to use Skrtel as a makeweight in a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund eventually win the race to sign the Armenian and Napoli are now ready to swoop for Skrtel.

Liverpool would likely need to go on the lookout for a new defender should they sign Skrtel, as they have already replaced retired Jamie Carragher with Kolo Toure.

However, Rodgers could opt to promote from within his squad, with both youngsters Andre Wisdom and Stephen Kelly able to play in a more central role.

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