Good news or bad news for Chelsea? - Liverpool outcast targeted in Spain

Pepe Reina

Atletico Madrid are said to be keen on snapping up Pepe Reina - what would that mean for the future of Thibaut Courtois?

Chelsea and Liverpool face similar - but at the same time entirely different dilemmas ahead of next season involving their goalkeepers.

Chelsea have an excellent stopper out on loan, as do Liverpool - however Liverpool don’t particular want theirs back, while Chelsea definitely do.

The players in question are of course Thibaut Courtois and Pepe Reina - and both have impressed during their respective loan spells at Atletico Madrid and Napoli.

Chelsea know that the Belgian is one of the top stoppers in the world right now while Liverpool also have a Belgian in the midst - Simon Mignolet the reason why Spaniard Reina was sent out to join Rafa Benitez at Napoli in the first place.

So Liverpool have no purpose for Reina, while Chelsea want Courtois but have Petr Cech - whom Jose Mourinho is not ready to bench from next season.

Still with me? Good.

With that in mind Atletico want Courtois for another season - but are now preparing themselves for the very real reality that this may not be an option.

And guess who they are being linked with today?

It seems that Spanish press have cottoned on to the furore and the link is now being made that sees Los Colchoneros target Pepe Reina as their Courtois replacement.

Reina - who is the son of legendary Atletico goalkeeper Miguel Reina - is now being linked with following in his father’s footsteps by ending his career at the Vicente Calderon.

For Chelsea it is both sweet and sour news.

It means Atletico will have no need to purchase Courtois - removing that temptation from his mind. However it will also mean they have no need to snap him up on loan for yet another season. That will mean either finding another loan destination for him, giving him the number one job or potentially watching him walk out of the club.

For Liverpool it is positive news. Brendan Rodgers’ decision to remove Reina from sticks may not have been popular at first but it appears to have been a success when looking at their league position.

So moving him on is in the best financial benefits of the club - and for the best regarding the rest of Reina’s professional career.

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