Liverpool want Pepe Reina to stay at the club but would be prepared to let him rejoin Barcelona if he pushes for a transfer, according to reports in the Catalan media.
Reina’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, was reportedly at Anfield on Tuesday, and Mundo Deportivo reports that Liverpool expressed a desire to extend the goalkeeper’s current contract, which ends in June 2016, to ward off interest from English rivals Arsenal and Manchester United.
However, should the former Barca player press for a move back to his first club, a bid of between €10 million and €12 million may tempt the Reds to let him leave, the paper reports.
Barca are in the market for a new ‘keeper, given Victor Valdes’ decision to leave. Reports in Catalonia suggest Blaugrana coach Tito Vilanova wants Valdes to stay at the Camp Nou until the end of his current contract in June 2014, while club president Sandro Rosell would prefer to sell him this summer and bring in a replacement.
Reina, 30, is apparently viewed as the preferred candidate, having learned the Barca style while coming through the ranks at the club’s La Masia academy, before leaving for Villarreal in search of regular first-team football in 2002.
Other options currently under consideration are thought to include Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Valencia’s Vicente Guaita and Inter Milan’s Samir Handanovic.