Atalanta will debut in the UEFA Champions League this upcoming season, and they must strengthen their squad with experienced players that know what it means to play in this competition.
With that in mind, the Serie A side could bolster their defensive depth with a move for Slovakian centre-back Martin Skrtel, according to a report from Sky Sports Italia. The former Liverpool defender is coming off a three-year stint at Fenerbahce in the Turkish Super Lig.
If there’s one thing that Skrtel can add to Atalanta, it would be some much-needed experience. Having previously played for Trenčin and Zenit Saint Petersburg, the 103 times-capped Slovakia international spent nine years at Liverpool, making 320 appearances for The Reds, scoring 18 goals and winning the 2012 League Cup.
The 34-year-old was also linked with a potential move to Rangers, but talks didn’t prosper and now it seems Skrtel seems set to complete a Serie A switch. Especially if we consider Atalanta need to bolster their defensive depth following the departure of Gianluca Mancini to AS Roma.
Atalanta are coming off the club’s best season in league history and are doing everything they can to bolster their squad ahead of their maiden Champions League campaign. Skrtel would represent a solid addition in the right direction.