Emirates boss fails to snare Anfield keeper.
Sources at Anfield have confirmed that Liverpool have turned down a bid in the region of £14 million from Arsenal for keeper Pepe Reina. With Gunners fans feeling increasingly frustrated of Almunia and Fabianski’s recent performances at the Emirates stadium, it was only a matter of time before Arsene Wenger decided to splash the cash on a new number one.
Recent media speculation surrounding Arsenal has seen a number of goalkeepers linked with the London club but, to the surprise of many, it is Pepe Reina who has caught Wenger’s eye. Liverpool not only turned down the bid but also stated that Reina, who has won the Premier League Golden Glove award 3 times, was not for sale at any price. However in view of the current financial situation at Liverpool it was believed the bid would have been enough to tempt the Reds owners into accepting. With Cesc Fabregas’ future at Arsenal in the balance it could also be seen as a tactical ploy from Wenger to attract Spanish international Reina to the club as the two players are friends.
If Arsenal decide not to make an increased bid it could open the door to the transfer of Gianluigi Buffon who would jump at the chance to join Arsenal for Champions League football next season. However a more popular choice especially amongst the English supporters would be Joe Hart, who had an excellent season on-loan at Birmingham and could be persuaded to move from Manchester City with Shay Given cemented as the first choice keeper. Arsene Wenger has stated that any possible transfers will be completed before the start of the World Cup on June 11th – get ready for plenty of transfer activity in the next couple of weeks! (Footylatest.com)
Arsene Wenger has apparently run out of patience with Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski but it seems that a move for Liverpool’s number one, if this story is indeed accurate, was perhaps an unlikely one. The Spaniard has been at Anfield for five years and has become perhaps the most consistent keeper in the Premier League in the process.
Rafa Benitez would never consider selling the former Villarreal but I guess there is no harm in the Emirates boss in trying to make a move for the 27 year old. Given the recent horrific season the Merseyside club have had it could be that a number of their top talents will be targeted by clubs who feel that now is the perfect time to attempt to lure them away from Liverpool.
Arsenal have now been linked with a succession of top notch goalies and it seems it will only be a matter of time before the north London club signs up a replacement for Messrs Almunia and Fabianski.