La Liga club’s at it again!
Barcelona are set to push Rafa Benitez’s patience to the limit by launching a bid for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
The European champions have already been met with resistance in a move for Anfield midfielder Javier Mascherano – but Lionel Messi has stepped up the pursuit by inviting his friend to the Nou Camp.
Benitez has insisted neither Mascherano nor Real Madrid target Xabi Alonso is for sale and now he faces a raid for is 26-year-old keeper.
Barcelona are moving for Reina after contract talks with Victor Valdes broke down yesterday. The treble winner has a year left on his contract and wants to be paid the same £150,000 a week that midfielder Xavi gets.
But the club and his agent Gines Carvajal suspended talks indefinitely with Barca not prepared to go above £100,000 a week.
The Source: (Daily Mail)
Damn those Spanish giants! It appears that the La Liga is making a concerted effort to plunder the English Premier League, albeit looking for foreign talent, and the latest on their wish list is the Liverpool number one.
Barcelona have of course tried their hardest to try to unsettle Javier Mascherano as they look to toughen up their midfield but Rafa nipped that in the bud with the statement that made it abundantly clear that neither the Argentine or Xabi Alonso were for sale at any price.
Pepe Reina has made noises in the past about wanting to finish his career in his native Spain and I can understand where he is coming from on that front, but that wouldn’t be for a good five years at least. At 26 years old he is still a baby in goalkeeping terms and Benitez will have to send another strong message out to the Treble Winners to keep their hands off!
Reina to Barcelona: The club will have to hope that the keeper hasn’t had his head turned by such an offer!