Transfer Bin: Arsenal linked again with Liverpool outcast

Pepe Reina

Arsenal have today been linked with a swoop to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Whilst Gunners fans will still be enjoying seeing their side win their first trophy in nine years with the FA Cup final win over Hull City in May, manager Arsene Wenger will be turning his attention to this summer's transfer window. Fans are hopeful or a number of big name signings in order to compete for more than just the FA Cup, and there is reportedly money to spend at the Emirates Stadium.

A number of high profile midfielders, wingers and strikers have been linked with moves to North London, but there is another position that Wenger will focus on - goalkeeper.

Lukasz Fabianski has left the club upon the expiration of his contract and has signed for Premier League rivals Swansea City, whilst Italian stopper Emiliano Viviano has returned to Palermo after his failed loan spell came to an end. That leaves Wojciech Szczesny as the only recognised goalkeeper in the squad, and Wenger must add another one to compete with the Polish international.

Plenty of goalkeepers have already been linked with moves to North London, but the latest suggestion is that Wenger will line up a raid on Liverpool for Pepe Reina. The Spaniard fell out of favour after Reds boss Brendan Rodgers signed Sunderland's Simon Mignolet last summer, and he has subsequently been out on loan with Napoli - managed by Rafael Benitez.

However, the Serie A side can't afford to sign him permanently, leaving the former Barcelona man in limbo. Seemingly unwanted by Liverpool, he could be a solution for Arsenal - but this rumour ends up in our transfer bin.

Given that Arsenal are a direct rival to Liverpool in the Premier League, it's unlikely that Rodgers would allow Reina to move to the Gunners in order to avoid strengthening them. Additionally, 31-year-old Reina still has plenty left in the tank, and he would no doubt be looking to sign for a club where he could start regularly - and with a young goalkeeper like Szczesny continuing to develop, there is no guarantee that Reina would play consistently.

Reina has the necessary experience to play as a backup to Szczesny, but the desires of both Liverpool and the player would likely put paid to any Arsenal hopes of a deal.

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