Pepe Reina is set for a surprise return to Liverpool after Napoli failed to agree a deal to make his loan stay a permanent one, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The goalkeeper spent last term in Naples after Brendan Rodgers opted to axe him and bring in Simon Mignolet, and was widely expected to make the move a proper one during the coming transfer window.

But Napoli have reportedly baulked at Liverpool’s demands for the 31-year-old, which are rumoured to be close to £5m.

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Although the Reds are desperate to get his estimated £100,000-per-week off of their expenditure, they are keen to get a respectable fee for the stopper, who is still considered to be one of Europe’s top performers in his position.

However Reina’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, has revealed that his client is unlikely to be on his way to the Stadio San Paolo this summer, and could be on his way back to Liverpool:

“It’s very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli,

“From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required.”

Reina looks unlikely to have a future at Liverpool despite his experience, with Brendan Rodgers believed to be eyeing up Swansea’s Michel Vorm to challenge Mignolet for a starting berth.

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