English newspaper The Guardian is reporting that Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to leave the club on a season-long loan deal. According to the paper, the Spanish goalkeeper is on the verge of clinching a move to Italian Serie A side Napoli in a move that will see him join up with former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.
The two understandably have a good relationship following their time together at Anfield, and Benitez viewed Reina as the best choice for a starting goalkeeper for Napoli after failing to lure Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper Julio Cesar to the club. QPR are remaining strong in their bid to permanently sell the goalkeeper to get rid of his high wages, but Benitez and Napoli were apparently unwilling to meet those demands.
Reina’s exit comes after the Reds signed former Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. The goalkeeper is the first Belgian to play for Liverpool, and at only 25 years old represents a great young goalkeeper who could provide Brendan Rodgers with stability in net for many years to come.
Mignolet signed for the club in a deal worth £9 million plus his wages, meaning ridding the wages of Pepe Reina could help the club balance the books.