Would Liverpool goalkeeper be a wise signing for Arsenal this summer?

Pepe Reina

Arsenal are linked with Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina, on loan last season at Napoli from Liverpool.

The 31-year-old Spain international joined former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez at Napoli last term in Serie A on loan from Liverpool following the signing of Simon Mignolet at Anfield.

Reina made 394 appearances for the Reds across his eight years on Merseyside but could return to the Premier League to join Arsenal for a reported £5 million this summer.

According to reports Napoli are keen to keep him on loan in Italy but Liverpool would prefer to sell him on a permanent move. Meanwhile, Arsenal have allowed second choice stopper Lukasz Fabianski to sign for Swansea on a free transfer this month following the expiry of his contract.

The undisputed No.1 at Arsenal, fellow Poland international Wojceich Szczesny means that if Reina signed he would not be the first choice between the sticks for the Gunners. However, Arsene Wenger will be keen to bring in a player of equal or superior quality and experience and Reina could represent just that.

Whilst he is not the No.1 for Spain (as Fabianski is not for Poland), Reina has top-level experience in the Premier League and Champions League. With Liverpool he won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup and with Napoli he has won the Coppa Italia last term.

Reina was awarded the Premier League Golden Glove in three consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2008 and as a member of the Spain squad he has won the World Cup and European Championships of course behind Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes. However, he has since out-ranked Valdes to become second choice ahead of Manchester United’s David De Gea.

For £5 million as has been suggested, Reina would represent an improvement on Fabianski for Arsenal. However, the obstacles to getting a deal over the line would likely be Liverpool’s reluctance to sell him to a domestic rival and the player’s reluctance to play second choice behind Szczesny. However, if the Reds are unconcerned about his destination and if the player is willing to compete for his place, the deal could be beneficial to both clubs and the player.

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