With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Pepe Reina’s dad backs him to move to Barcelona.
Valdes’ contract at the Nou Camp expires in 2014 and the report claims he has confirmed he wont be renewing, leaving the Catalans with a hole to fill.
The Daily Mail are one of several media outlets who reported on Monday morning that Barcelona have set their sights on Liverpool stopper Reina as they look to bring in a new No.1 in the summer and now the players own father has backed his son to make the move to the Spanish giants.
Reina began his career in the Barca youth set up before moving to Villarreal in 2002 and Reina snr feels he’s ready to move back to the Catalans:
“Barça made my son a man since he arrived there when he was 12 years old until he left.
“I think that Pepe has shown to everyone how good a goalkeeper he is. Right now, I think he’s at the height of his career. And I think he’d be the ideal goalkeeper for Barcelona, without any doubt.”
Reina snr is quoted as saying by talkSPORT
The Mail believe that Barca are confident Liverpool will consider a bid for Reina with manager Brendan Rodgers said to be willing to let him go to raise funds to help rebuild his squad with.
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Reina is now 30-years-old and while he’s been Liverpool’s No.1 for nearly eight years, it would be difficult for him to turn down the chance of moving back to Spain and re-joining his boyhood club.
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