Liverpool Keeper Pepe Reina Edges Closer to Barcelona Switch

Spanish goalkeeper believes club would not stand in his way should a big club come in for him.

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Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has fuelled speculation he could be on the verge of leaving the club according to Spanish newspaper Onda Cero.

The Spanish goalkeeper has been widely linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months following the announcement of the club’s current number one, Victor Valdes, of his intention to leave.

Valdes has reportedly informed Barcelona officials that he is keen to find a new challenge and is intending to leave sooner rather than later.

It was suggested that Barcelona had persuaded Valdes to stay on for another year and see out the remainder of his contract but reported interest from Monaco is tempting the Spanish goalkeeper to leave this summer.

That has prompted speculation linking Barcelona with a move for Reina and the player has added fuel to the fire by claiming that he believes Liverpool would not stand in his way were a big club to come in for him.

He qualified his remarks but insisting there are few clubs bigger than Liverpool but his words are clearly meant in reference to a potential move to Catalonia.

Liverpool are thought to be making contingency plans in case Reina does leave and have lined up Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet as his replacement.

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