The future of Pepe Reina has been the subject of much debate in the Football Transfer Tavern in recent weeks, and sources at the Daily Star have provided us with the latest, with the agent of the Spanish goalkeeper revealing a permanent move to Napoli looks unlikely.
Reina – who is currently preparing for the World Cup with the Spanish national team – spent last season on loan with the Serie A side, in a move which saw him team up with former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.
Despite having two years left on his current Liverpool contract, the 31-year-old looks set to join a new club this summer, with Brendan Rodgers sticking with Simon Mignolet as his number one.
A permanent move to Napoli was thought to be in the pipeline, but Reina’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has revealed the club are unwilling to meet Liverpool’s valuation.
Quilon told Corriere dello Sport: “It’s very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli.
“From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required.”
La Liga Champions Atletico Madrid are keeping an eye on Reina’s situation, but will only make a move once the future of on-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is resolved.