Liverpool will soon learn the fate of goalkeeper Pepe Reina, with Barcelona’s new president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, confirming that they are “very close” to agreeing a deal for Victor Valdes’ replacement.
The current Nou Camp number one is set to leave the Catalan giants once his contract expires at the end of the season, in search of a new challenge.
Reina – who is currently away from Anfield on a loan deal with Napoli – has been widely touted as a replacement for his compatriot due to his close links with the club.
The 31-year-old started his career with the Spanish champions, and has previously expressed a desire to re-join them.
He was expected to sign for Barca over the summer following the arrival of Simon Mignolet at Liverpool, but Valdes agreed to see out the final year of his contract, which scuppered a move.
However, Bartomeu says that a move for a ‘keeper later this year is on the verge of being sealed, with Reina said to be a favoured candidate:
“We have not finalised an agreement with the goalkeeping replacement for Victor Valdes, although we are very close.” He is quoted by talkSPORT.
Reina is not the only glovesman in the running, with Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.