Despite his future being a major doubt, goalkeeper Pepe Reina welcomed the arrival of his compatriot Simon Mignolet to Anfield. Liverpool recently completed the signing of the Sunderland goalkeeper for around £ 10 million.
This move is widely expected to signal his departure of Reina, who has been an excellent goalkeeper for Liverpool for several years. However, he has been linked with a move away from Anfield since last season when he came extremely close to joining Arsenal. Now, though, he is believed to be in the radar of Barcelona, who are looking at him as a replacement for Victor Valdes.
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes recently revealed that he will not be signing a new contract with the club and will be leaving the club once his current deal expires in the summer of 2014. Search has already begun for his replacement as the Spanish giants do not want to lose any choices. Reina has welcomed the presence of 24-year-old Mignolet, who is expected to be the first choice for the club at the start of the season. Reina has also been culpable of several mistakes over the last few years, which have been unlike him.
During the regime of Rafa Benitez, Reina established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier league with excellent performances that were on par with the best.
“It has not changed a bit. I have said it many times, I’m very comfortable and very happy at Liverpool. Every team needs competitors, and when it’s positive, it is more than welcome. If it is finally done, I’ll welcome him a lot and anything he needs, I’m here,” said Reina. Despite the assurances that he will remain at Liverpool, he is widely expected to join either Arsenal or Barcelona before the end of the transfer window.