Part of the reason Barcelona are reportedly considering Pepe Reina for goalkeeper next season is his apparent availability at a low cost.
Last week saw rumours once more emerge linking the Catalans with a potential move to bring back the 31-year-old to the Camp Nou next summer, amid Victor Valdes’ expected departure.
Even with speculation linking the club with a provisional agreement in place to sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, reports are that Barca have not ruled out a move for Liverpool’s ‘keeper, currently on a season long loan to Napoli.
Mundo Deportivo explain today that part of the attraction in Reina, who they are believed to have scouted in recent weeks, is that he is apparently available next summer on a reduced fee.
Whilst contracted at Anfield until June 2016, it is reported today that Barcelona could sign him next year for just €5m.
It is believed that Reina and his representatives last summer negotiated a low exit price with club director Ian Ayre, amid both parties’ expectation that Barca were going to come in for him then.
Whilst they eventually kept hold of Valdes for the final year of his contract, Reina’s agreement with Liverpool is seen as still valid for summer 2014, when it is believed that he can depart for any club for €5m, and in a deal able to be split into two equal instalments of €2.5m.