Liverpool's Pepe Reina to Arsenal?

Could Liverpool's Pepe Reina become a target for Arsenal once again?

Pepe Reina has been intimating he will consider a move away from Liverpool for months, and now Simon Mignolet is on the verge of joining the Reds his future is even more uncertain.

Of course the Spaniard has been quick to brush off suggestions he will use the acquisition of the Belgian to push for a move, we aren't so sure.

He said: "Every team needs competitors, and when it's positive it is more than welcome. If it is finally done I'll welcome him a lot, and anything he needs, I'm here."

But Mignolet clearly hasn't decided to join Liverpool to sit on the bench, not with a place in the Belgian side at next year's World Cup up for grabs if he can hold off Thibaut Courtois.

And Reina, who has continually been linked with a switch to Barcelona, usually by his own accord, will not want either to watch on from the sidelines.

A move to Barcelona does not appear to be on the cards, with current incumbent Victor Valdes committing his future to the club for another year.

So what of his options? 

One path which may just open up, having apparently been offered in the past is the possibility of a switch to Arsenal.

The Gunners are looking for a goalkeeper for the raw but talented Wojciech Szczesny to learn from, and Reina at 30-years-old provides experience and then some.

Reina was linked with a switch to Arsenal by the Telegraph back in January, when it was suggested he was on Arsene Wenger's shortlist.

The goalkeeper revealed in his autobiography that Arsenal made a £20 million bid for his services in 2010, and that sort of admiration is not one which goes away easily.

"Arsenal had made their determination to sign me clear by offering £20m, a phenomenal amount for a goalkeeper. Part of me felt that I was well within my rights to consider my future even if I did so with a heavy heart. When Liverpool received the bid, they rejected it."

Reina is younger than alternate option for the Gunners, Julio Cesar - and would be reunited with Spanish international teammates Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla, two players he will know well.

There has not yet been any movement on this transfer, but given the past history, Mignolet's transfer to Liverpool and Arsenal's hunt for another stopper - It may just be a matter of time until there is.

Would you like Reina at Arsenal? What does his future at Anfield hold with Mignolet arriving? 

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