As reported by The Northern Echo, Newcastle United are ready to pull a deal for Pepe Reina off the table and move for a more financially viable option.
Summer recruitment is absolutely key for Rafa Benitez as he prepares to put together a squad capable of competing well in the English Premier League. While he does have transfer resources available, it’ll be all about stretching that budget as far as possible and landing players of real quality in key areas.
The Northern Echo say that the Magpies are interested in Napoli’s Pepe Reina but that they may be priced out of the deal. With wage expectations of £65,000 per week and a transfer fee of around £5m, the paper say that it could prove too much for a 34-year-old with just a year left on his deal in Italy.
However, the report also suggest Newcastle have lined up an adequate alternative, Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero. The Argentinian is due to leave the club at the end of the month and therefore offers the quality they are looking for between the sticks on a budget.
Willy Caballero never quite made himself number one at Manchester City but still made plenty of appearances for the club over the last few seasons, 47 in total. Ten of those came in the UEFA Champions League, highlighting he has the quality and experience to play at the top level.
With a distinguished career in La Liga and the Argentinian top-flight behind him too, he could add the goalkeeping ability Newcastle United need without the transfer fee that could be diverted into other areas of the team.
Are the Magpies the club that will allow him to finally be a number one English Premier League goalkeeper?