BBC’s Chief football writer Phil McNulty is not one to go on spurious information so when he says that Liverpool are set to sign Simon Mignolet from Sunderland you can be pretty sure that he is right.
It is believed that the Merseysider’s have made an initial bid of £8 million for the Belgian international while The Mackems are said to be looking at wanting a figure nearer to the region of £10 million; with a mutual agreement expected to be reached in the coming days.
Sunderland signed Mignolet from St Truiden for £2 million in 2010 and he soon became their number one stopper ahead of Craig Gordon and Kieren Westwood.
But while the fee represents a great profit you have to wonder what Sunderland are thinking not demanding a higher fee for their player of the season last year; who without they may have suffered relegation to the Championship.
But the other big question that comes from this latest development is what exactly happens to Pepe Reina?
Liverpool would be hard pushed at convincing either Mignolet or Reina that they will be second choice at Anfield next campaign.
So will Reina still be at the club next season?
It does seem as though he is going to have a fight on his hand if Mignolet is as close to an arrival as we are being led to believe.
So if Reina was to depart where could he go?
The strongest rumours have linked him with a return to Barcelona as a replacement for Victor Valdes. However Valdes has already announced he will not be leaving the club this summer. Rather he will leave the Nou Camp when his contract expires in the summer of 2014.
Some reports however maintain that AS Monaco will tempt Barca with an offer this summer which could see Reina back in Catalonia.
But it perhaps leaves the door open for a move a little closer to home.
Arsenal are after a goalkeeping recruit this summer and Arsene Wenger is said to be a big fan of the Liverpool stopper; which has seen them linked to the player on many occasions.
Arsenal were also said to be in the running for the Belgian this summer but with his move to Liverpool they may not be hindered in their goalkeeping pursuit; but indeed helped with a bid for Reina likely to be accepted.
So at least Reina won’t be in short supply of job offers should Mignolet arrive at Anfield in the next week.
Where do you think Reina would go if he left Liverpool?
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