Liverpool have a agreed a deal thought to be worth £2.5m for the sale of goalkeeper Pepe Reina to Bayern Munich. The Germain giants last night confirmed the agreement was in place subject to a medical taking place today.
Pepe Reina has been at Liverpool since July 2005 and in that time has played 285 times in the Premier League for the Anfield Club. He has also won the FA Cup, League Cup, FA Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup during his time in England whilst personally gaining the Premier League Golden Gloves 3 seasons in a row between 2006-2008 and Liverpool’s Player of the Season in 2009/10.
Last season Brendan Rodgers brought Simon Mignolet to be his number 1 keeper and this saw Reina sent to rejoin old boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli. He played 29 Serie A games and won the Coppa Italia but it was thought his wage demands were too high for Napoli or AC Milan to meet.
Some will questions Reina’s decision to move to Germany as he will be sitting behind arguably the best keeper in the world Manuel Neuer on the bench. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern CEO, confirmed it was the goalkeeper’s choice, “Reina really wanted to join Bayern Munich. He was prepared to undertake this adventure, although he knows he has Manuel Neuer ahead of him, a first-choice keeper who will, provided nothing untoward happens, remain number one”. Will Reina play this season or is this a chance at a big pay-off at the age of 31? Only time will tell if we see him between the sticks.