With the arrivals of Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Sadio Mane already completed and a move for Jakub Blaszczykowski reportedly on the cards, Liverpool had to start shipping out some of their existing players.
Slovakian veteran Martin Skrtel and Jordon Ibe are in talks with Fenerbache and Bournemouth respectively as they look to find employment elsewhere.
Both fell out of favour with Jurgen Klopp last season and it seems very likely that neither will stride out in the red of Liverpool again.
The Turkish club confirmed on Thursday that they had begun negotiations with Skrtel, a man who made over 300 appearances for the club since his arrival in 2008. He had a very mixed career in Anfield, it’s fair to say. He looked dependable and solid at times and shaky and error-prone at others.
Meanwhile, the club have agreed a £15 million fee with Eddie Howe’s side for the services of Ibe. They have also given him permission to talk to his suitors.
Jordon Ibe would have struggled to get on the bench next season. I think £7.5m would have been fair, to be offered £15m is unbelievable.
— Joseph Musker (@Musker_LFC) July 7, 2016
Bournemouth are set to pay £5m more for Jordan Ibe than West Ham paid for Dimitri Payet. pic.twitter.com/iYTsvpxI53
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) July 7, 2016
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 7, 2016
In wake of the Pogba rumours…Fenerbahce have signed Skrtel pic.twitter.com/rknu0cWR8B
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) July 7, 2016
Potentially getting £47M for Benteke, Ibe and Skrtel is incredible business.
— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) July 7, 2016