Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who is currently on loan to the end of the season at Napoli, says that he would consider a move to Barcelona, who are reportedly interested in his services. Reina is widely expected to leave Liverpool on a permanent basis in the summer.
The English club signed Simon Mignolet for £ 9 million as his replacement. It is unlikely that Reina will be prepared to sit on the bench after having been a first-team regular for most of his career. Barcelona are on the lookout for a top goalkeeper after Victor Valdes announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season.
The presence of Valdes was one of the primary reasons behind Reina leaving the club as youngster before moving to Liverpool. Now, he is provided to complete the full circle after it has emerged that Barcelona are interested in signing him. The 31-year-old has acknowledged that he will not be the only player that the Catalan club targets because there will be a number of other contenders as well. Despite this, he is hoping that Barcelona can come to an agreement with Liverpool for his permanent transfer to the Camp Nou.
Barcelona are one of the best clubs in the world and not many would reject the opportunity to join them.
“I would love to return to Barcelona. To play at Barça is a privilege. But I imagine that my name is on a list with others. Barça is a top club and Víctor Valdés’ departure will have alerted other candidates, so a return will be very difficult. Right now I’m not thinking about it. I was fortunate to play there once and I consider myself privileged to have done that,” said Reina to a Spanish daily about his rumoured Barcelona move.