Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is determined to sign a reliable goalkeeper ahead of next season but it may not be Liverpool's Pepe Reina.
Reina spent last year on loan at the Stadio San Paolo and impressed with his performances between the posts as the Partenopei finished third in Serie A and won the Italian Cup.
Over the last few weeks Napoli have made attempts to sign Reina permanently and agreeing a deal with Liverpool doesn't seem to be a problem with the Spanish shot-stopper not featuring in first-team plans at Anfield.
However, Reina's wage bill seems to be beyond Napoli, who have been forced to ask the 31-year-old to take a big pay cut to sign for them.
Benitez is said to have identified Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez as a target and could begin trying to sign him instead.
The Spanish reports suggest that Benitez is willing to offer Lopez the kind of first-team guarantees that he craves, having had to battle Iker Casillas for his place in Madrid.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez allegedly gave the green light for Lopez to leave during a dinner last Monday and talks could accelerate if Reina continues to stall.
The future of Reina looks unclear. He has admitted that he doesn't expect to feature for Liverpool but has also denied links with Barcelona and Ateltico Madrid.