Ibe and Skrtel out as Liverpool transfer exodus continues

The transfer exodus of players from Liverpool continues as Jordan Ibe, Martin Skrtel and Sergi Canos are set to be a hat-trick of players to leave the Merseyside club this week.

Ibe, 20, is prepared to join Liverpool’s Premier League opponents Bournemouth for a club-record transfer fee of £15m. The Englishman agreed on a four-year contract with the Cherries.

He will be flying out to meet his new team-mates in the United States, who were currently on the club’s pre-season tour of Chicago and Minnesota. The winger will be able make his first appearance for the club against Minnesota United on Wednesday.

Sergio Canos, 19, was a former Barcelona youth player who spent last season on loan in the second tier with Brentford, scoring seven goals in 39 matches.

He has also played for Spain’s under-19 side, and now signed for Norwich city for an undisclosed fee believed to be about £2.5m that could rise to £4.5m through add-ons.

Canos had rejected an offer to stay at Anfield earlier; his deal with the Canaries comes with an option of an additional 12 months.

31-year-old Martin Sktrel, who had spent eight years playing for Liverpool’s defense and made 320 appearances for the Reds, has now completed his transfer to Fenerbache.

He was vital for Liverpool in their Carling Cup victory in 2012 and was an important part of the team that came close to winning the Premier League title in 2014. However, the 31-year-old’s somewhat erratic and unreliable performances lost him his first-team place under new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.

Update*: Christian Benteke is willing to remain and fight for a place in Liverpool. Any prospect of the striker leaving is currently made impossible due to the club pricing him out of the market at £32.5m, the fee they paid Aston Villa for him last summer amidst Brendan Rodgers’s reign as manager.

Update*2: Jurgen Klopp is willing to discuss Joe Allen’s future at Liverpool after the midfielder’s impressive Euro 2016 campaign.


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