Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is close to signing Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina on a season long loan after failing to land QPR keeper Julio Cesar according to The Liverpool Echo.
Benitez is the man that brought Reina to Anfield from Villarreal back in 2005 and it’s no secret that the Italian is big admirer of the 30-year-old shot stopper.
However the long-serving Spanish keeper has now seen his starting berth threatened after the arrival of Belgian international Simon Mignolet in a £9 million deal from Sunderland and Benitez may use this uncertainty to bring about a reunion with the goalkeeper.
Napoli are reportedly struggling in their pursuit of Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar who they want to capture on a season-long deal and instead have targeted Reina on a short-term deal as Benitez makes his mark on his new squad.
The Italian side, who can offer Reina Champions League football, look set to lose current first choice between the sticks Morgan De Sanctis to Roma according to reports and Reina is being lined up as a top quality replacement.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers maintains that Reina still has a place with the club despite the arrival of Mignolet but the former Sunderland keeper has indicated that he expects the first-choice jersey when the Reds face Stoke City on August 17.
It is possible that Reina will move to Italy for the season until next summer at which time the goalkeeping position at Barcelona will become available after long-serving shot stopper Victor Valdes leaves the club.