It won’t completely be an end to an era, but Liverpool supporters will miss goalkeeper Pepe Reina next season. Several reports have the 30-year-old Spanish international put on loan to Serie A powerhouse Napoli in a reunion with former Rafa Benitez.
The Merseyside will save roughly £4 million in salary should club officials and Reina decide to make the move permanent, according to the Daily Telegraph. The Reds already made a move for Simon Mignolet, who will prove more than a stopgap with Reina’s departure, and the club also called up Danny Ward.
Reina spent the last eight seasons at the Anfield and captured the FA Cup and the League Cup in 2012 over the course of 285 appearances. While inconsistent at times last season, Reina still recorded 73 saves in 31 Premier League games, but Liverpool appears to be going in a more youthful direction.
Reina spent the first five years of his time with Liverpool under the guise of Benetiz, who should promise him ample first team playing time.
The Reds youth movement could be kick started quickly with the possible addition of Brazilian midfielder Bernard Duarte from Atletico Mineiro, according to The Independent.
Tottenham are also interested in the 20-year-old whose fee could reach as high as £20 million. Three other clubs in Porto, Shaktar Donetsk, and recent Champions League victor Borussia Dortmund are all willing to pay a high premium for the player responsible for 35 goals in 113 career appearances, as reported by the Independent.
The fee is expensive but would be worth it for any club, considering he is signed through 2017 and Mineiro is certainly aware of his talent and value to some of Europe’s top clubs.
Then there is often-embattled striker Luis Suarez who is reportedly ready to tell Liverpool he would like a switch to the Arsenal side, according to the Daily Mirror. Although the Uruguayan would prefer a move Real Madrid, the Spanish club is only prepared to offer £25 million.
Suarez reportedly made a promise that he would not transfer to another Premier League, but that appears to have been broken. The Gunners are the one team that is willing to shell out the £40 million necessary to pry Suarez away from the Merseyside, though the London squad has never exceeded a fee of £20 million
It is obvious why the Reds are fretful to part with Suarez, considering his incredible dribbling and scoring abilities have netted 38 goals in only 77 appearances since 2011, when Liverpool acquired him from Ajax.
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