The press it out again today with reports that Pepe Reina could be set to move to Manchester United in the summer for £20m. We all know that Manchester United are in the market for a goal keeper come the end of the season as Edwin van der Sar will be retiring but United will be wasting their time if they think they will be able to steal Pepe away from Liverpool.
In January, Pepe pledged his future to Liverpool, insisting that he would honour his contract with the club.
Reina stated that, “I’m tired of rumours linking me with many teams in England and abroad. I am a man of my word and commitment. I will honour my contract with Liverpool. Stories of these offers are not true. I have not spoken to anyone – ever – and I am 100% a Liverpool player.
“Since I’ve been here, I’ve found an incredible passion – more than I thought from Spain. Liverpool as a club is sacred, it is something special. Being Liverpool’s goalkeeper is a privilege. For now, I just want to win trophies for them.”
Now we are all too aware about these ‘I am committed’ and ‘I will honour my contract’ statements from footballers today. We do not have to look past Fernando Torres who told us the same statements only for him to screw us and go to Chelsea. Being practical, there is nothing stopping Pepe from doing the same thing come the summer but I personally think that Pepe is a bigger man that Torres and he will stick to his word. (I hope!)
Now it is being said that Pepe spoke to a Spanish Radio Station yesterday and said, “Yes, well, Van der Sar will hang up his gloves in the summer so of course they are looking. I can’t do anything. I can’t say anything logically as I have a contract with Liverpool.
“Of course, one likes to fight for titles and be in a team that does that. We always fought to be in the Champions League and tried to win the title, but unfortunately it hasn’t been the case in the last couple of years. I won’t lie – I want to play in the Champions League and challenge for titles.”
So looking at this scenario, why will Pepe Reina not go to Manchester United? Three points stick out to me:
1) Can Manchester United afford the £20m Liverpool would be after and the high wages that Pepe would most likely want? United are not in the best financial position right now and I can not see them spending that much on a goal keeper.
2) Pepe will have to look closely at the future of Manchester United. He just has to look at the fallout Rooney had with Ferguson when Rooney was blaming the club for having a lack of ambition. Rooney was later convinced to stay but the writing is on the wall the United are a club on the verge of going down. Now does Pepe really want to join a potential sinking ship?
3) Pepe is next in line to take over the Liverpool captaincy from Steven Gerrard. With Liverpool headed for success in the next couple of seasons, what better a thrill or achievement would Pepe get than being the captain who lifts the Premier League title for Liverpool? Now would one through away the possibility of such an honour?
4) Liverpool will never sell a player to Manchester United, especially a star player to like Pepe! United refused to sell Gabriel Heinze to Liverpool so we should also refuse to sell Reina to them! If Reina thought the abuse Torres got from us was bad for joining Chelsea, it will be 10 times more if he joins United!