The moment it was announced last summer that Pepe Reina was going to Napoli on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool, it was clear that there was no long-term future for the goalkeeper at Anfield.
And on Tuesday evening, it was confirmed that, barring any problems in his medical at Bayern Munich, the Spain international will leave the Reds on a permanent basis this summer.
Liverpool have accepted an offer reported to be £2.5 million from the German giants for the 31-year-old, who will play as a back-up to Manuel Neuer, the best goalkeeper in the world and a key figure in Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph in Brazil.
Reina’s move to the Allianz Arena will see him reunite with one of his old Barcelona teammates, Pep Guardiola. The 43-year-old former midfielder is the coach of Bundesliga champions Bayern, having been appointed in the role last summer, and played with his compatriot at Camp Nou.
Reina and Guardiola both graduated from Barcelona’s youth academy. While the former was on the books of the Blaugrana until 2002 and played for the first team for two years, the latter left the four-time European champions in 2001 after a scintillating tenure during which he won La Liga six times and the Copa del Rey twice among other trophies.