Liverpool have turned down Napoli’s approach for defender Martin Skrtel.
The Merseyside club was contacted on Tuesday by last season Serie A runners up about the possibility of parting ways with the Slovakian defender in a deal worth around £10m.
Napoli manager Rafael Benitez signed Skrtel in 2008 while at Anfield and with the defender having fallen behind Kolo Toure in Liverpool’s pecking order he has now inquired about the possibility of a reunion.
This is the second time Benitez is trying to lure away Liverpool player to the Naples after successfully reuniting with goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a season-long loan.
Liverpool have refused to comment on the approach but it is understood the club are wary of selling Skrtel, 28, with fellow defender Sabastian Coates on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.