Pepe Reina looks set to return to Anfield after Napoli refused to meet Liverpool’s asking price for the Spanish goalkeeper.
The 31-year-old Spanish goalkeeper is on a season long loan from Liverpool after Brendan Rodgers considered him surplus to requirements. His agent Manuel Garcia Quilon has revealed that the goalkeeper is set for a return to Anfield this season.
‘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.’
Recently, Napoli’s president De Laurentiis revealed he wants to sign Pepe Reina, but the clubs have failed to reach an agreement for the transfer of the 31-year-old.
De Laurentiis said: “I talked to Reina and told him that he must remain with us. I want him confirmed for next season. He was happy, for him it was a double reward.”
Brendan Rodgers earlier confirmed that he wasn’t impressed with Pepe Reina’s attitude and that his goodbye letter was unnecessary.
“He’s already written his letter, hasn’t he? He wrote a goodbye letter, didn’t he?” Rodgers said,
“I was surprised at the letter – when you are a loan player I would expect that he should come back, but obviously Pepe made it very clear when he went to Napoli that he was looking to move.
“He penned a great, big letter saying he was going to work with the best manager that he’d worked with and thanked for his time for Liverpool. So, for me, it probably sounded like he’d made his decision there.”
Reina was signed by former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in 2005. The Spaniard enjoyed few good seasons at the club, before his form deteriorated, forcing Rodgers to look for options elsewhere.
Pepe Reina has been average this season at Napoli after a good start. With Simon Mignolet doing well at Liverpool, it seems like Reina’s future at Liverpool is all but over. It remains to be seen, however, where he will end up next season. Reina is preparing for the World Club in Brazil and any decision will be made only after the World Cup.