Napoli can`t afford Skrtel, says agent

Updated: Jun 21, 2013, 16:49 PM IST

Italy: The centre-back`s representative does not believe the Anfield outfit are intent on selling the Slovakian, and quashed rumours of a reunion with Partenopei boss Rafa Benitez.

The agent of Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has played down the likelihood of a transfer away from Anfield this summer, and believes suitors Napoli are unable to afford him.

The Slovakia international has been heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside after being dropped from Brendan Rodgers` first team last season, making just three league starts in 2013.

But the 28-year-old centre-back looks set to stay at Liverpool with Napoli, now led by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez, priced out of a move according to Skrtel`s representative Karol Csonto.

"Martin to move away from Liverpool? I specifically say that Skrtel has never said he wants to go away, then it depends on the Liverpool market because everything could change," he told Tuttomercatoweb.

"It`s true that the last two seasons were difficult but in football it can happen.

"Napoli? I think they haven`t the financial possibilities to take him. Liverpool has not decided a price because they don`t intend to sell the player. Anyway, I don`t think that Napoli can afford his wage."

Since joining Liverpool in 2008, Skrtel has made 206 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside club, scoring nine times.