Reports coming out of Spain today (Monday) suggest that Liverpool have agreed a €5million fee with Barcelona for the sale of Pepe Reina in the summer.
Reina is currently out on a season long loan to Napoli and he looks set to join his boyhood club Barcelona in the summer as a replacement to the outgoing Victor Valdes.
Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Reina will leave Liverpool in the summer with the €5million fee being split up into €2.5million in the summer and then €2.5million in 2015.
Now if these reports are accurate, I would be very upset as €5million equates to £4.2million which in my opinion is not a fair value for Reina. Pepe is still a Spanish international and a top keeper, Liverpool should surely be seeking at least £10million for this deal.
But be that as it may, letting Reina go would get him off our wage bill as he is apparently earning £100 000 a week. The moment Reina was let go to Napoli, the writing was on the wall that his Liverpool career was over with the club having signed Simon Mignolet from Sunderland as the new number one.
There had been some worries for Reina as Napoli said they did not want to sign him on a permanent basis after his loan and Barcelona being linked with other goalkeepers such as Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc Andre ter Stegen. But now if Reina is all set to be signed by Barcelona, he will not find himself back at Liverpool sitting on the bench next season.