Pepe Reina Returns To Liverpool After Napoli Fail To Agree Fee

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Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has returned to Liverpool after Italian giants Napoli refused to meet the English club’s valuation to complete a permanent deal, according to the Daily Mail.

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The Spain international spent the previous campaign on loan with the Serie A side where he impressed under former Reds boss Rafa Benitez, but the player’s agent has confirmed it will be ‘difficult’ for Reina to remain in Italy.

The Italian giants were thought to be keen on making a permanent move for the 31-year-old after he played an instrumental role in helping the club finish third in the Serie A table and make an appearance in the final of the Copa Italia, but were not able to come to an agreement with Liverpool over a fee.

“It’s very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli,” Reina’s agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon said.

“From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required.”

Despite making 394 appearances for Liverpool following his move from Villarreal in 2005, Reina has become surplus to requirements under manager Brendan Rodgers after he brought in Simon Mignolet from Sunderland.

Reina claimed that he will face his future after the World Cup.

“Right now I’m only thinking of La Roja (Spain’s national team),” Reina told reporters recently.

“With regards to a new club, I will first have to speak to Liverpool.

“My season on loan at Napoli has been very positive and I thank the Napoli people and the club.”

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