Liverpool and Arsenal fans were in involved in a fierce debate in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening after Goal.com journalist Wayne Veysey shocked punters with news Liverpool are ready to sell Pepe Reina to Arsenal and have lined up England goalkeeper Jack Butland as a replacement.
He explained that Arsenal are prepared to offer £8 million to entice Liverpool into selling their long-serving goalkeeper. Surprisingly the Spanish shot stopper is keen on the move and is even ready to drop his wages to complete a move to the Emirates Stadium
Brendan Rodgers has lined up Butland, who is expected to be available for transfer given the precarious financial state of the St. Andrews club, as his replacement. Although Liverpool have infamously paid over the odds for English talent in the past they are not willing to be held to ransom this time around and will be looking for value in the transfer.
The outstanding young goalkeeper has represented England at all age-group and was even the Great Britain goalkeeper at the London 2012 Olympics before making his senior England debut in the recent friendly against Italy.
Goal.com understands that Arsenal are looking to step up their pursuit of Reina in January as the seek competition for an established No.1 to mentor Wojciech Szczesny
Arsene Wenger has been a long-time enthusiast of the 30-year-old keeper who he tried to sign in 2010 and he believes that an offer of around £10 million will be enough to tempt the fans favourite to leave Anfield.