Reina could use contract clause to stay at Napoli

Napoli are fighting to prevent goalkeeper Pepe Reina from returning to Liverpool and a contract clause may be the key to keeping him.

Pepe Reina has become something of a hero at Napoli and the Partenopei have made no secret that they would like to keep him beyond his loan spell.

The Spanish shot-stopper arrived from Liverpool on a season loan and has been instrumental in the Azzurri asserting themselves as a top-of-the-table side in Serie A.

While Napoli don't want to see Reina head back to Merseyside, the goalkeeper has always insisted that his future will be decided by Liverpool.

It is believed that Liverpool will be willing to listen to offers for the 31-year-old but Napoli may not have the financial resources to table an offer and pay his wages.

However, a report from Talksport backed up by Tuttomercatoweb suggests that Reina has a clause in his Liverpool contract that allows him to liberate himself for £4.5m.

If Napoli were able to pay that fee then they would be free to discuss contract terms with Reina, possibly saving some money compared to having to put in an offer to Liverpool.

It is most likely that Napoli will see that as a last resort to be taken if Reina agrees the move but Liverpool stand in the way.

Napoli will probably make a formal approach to Liverpool in due course and ask the club to put a valuation on Reina, which will depend heavily on whether he features at all in Brendan Rodgers' plans for next season.

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