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Monday, February 28, 2011

Arsenal Linked with £20m Pepe Reina?

Reports out in the media suggest that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would try to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the Summer transfer window. Wenger was in the lookout for a reliable custodian last summer too and was very close to signing Mark Schwarzer from Fulham.
Arsenal has already used three keepers this season and it seems their goalkepping problem is yet to be solved. Young Polish keeper Wojciech Szczęsny looked to be a long-term solution in this cause. However, his involvement in the defensive lapse that resulted into Birmingham’s second and winning goal during Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Birmingham City in the Carling Cup Final 2011 on Sunday meant Arsenal’s search for a reliable custodian could be extended.
Pepe Reina is also reportedly interested to leave the Merseyside club sooner than later as the Spaniard looks to play in Champions League regularly. Moreover, Liverpool lost a number of Spanish players since the departure of manager Rafael Benitez and this could also prompt Reina to consider a move away from Liverpool.
According to reports out in the media, an offer around £20 million could be enough for Arsenal to convince Liverpool to let Reina come and join the North London club. However, nothing regarding this move has been said officially from Arsenal.

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