Former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel rejected the chance to play for Barcelona last summer, according to his agent.
Skrtel joined Turkish outfit Fenerbahce from Liverpool for £5million in 2016, having made 320 appearances for the Reds during his nine years at Anfield.
And according to Skrtel’s agent, Catalan giants Barcelona thought that the 34-year-old would make a good acquisition – only to be turned down by the Slovakian.
Mithat Halis, part of a firm that represents Skrtel, revealed that a bid came in for the centre-back in the summer – as reported in the Daily Star.
He said: “Barcelona wanted to sign him 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 Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.”
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