Arsene Wenger wants to bring Anfield keeper to the Emirates Stadium.
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Arsenal will this summer attempt to lure Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina into a move to North London. The Spanish international has gone on record this week with his intention to secure Champions League football as soon as possible which has led many to believe the Anfield keeper was responding directly to the repeated speculation that Manchester United are keen on signing the Spanish international as a replacement for Edwin van der Sar however Arsene Wenger will look to persuade the 28 year old to move to the Emirates Stadium instead.
The Gunners have already had a bid for the former Villarreal keeper and appear to still be on the look out for a new custodian having failed to land Fulham veteran Mark Schwarzer in August. Wenger started the season with Manuel Almunia as his number one first choice goalie but the Spaniard lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski after a series of errors.
It seems that the Gunners boss is still not convinced by Fabianski who has improved a great deal but is now out with a long term injury. This leaves the club with two highly rated youngsters in Vito Mannone, currently on loan at Hull City and Wojciech Szczesny which has led many to believe that Arsenal will once again look to bring in a high profile established keeper signing.
Arsenal are willing to make an offer in excess of £18m for the Liverpool keeper, a fee that will break the club’s previous transfer record purchase. Kenny Dalglish is sure to fight off such interest in a player who has been incredibly consistent during his six years at the club.
However a move to the Emirates Stadium would at least be less controversial than a move to arch rivals Manchester United and clearly Arsenal are just as able to offer Reina the Champions League football he craves.