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Liverpool’s Spanish star set for £20 million exit

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Liverpool’s Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina has told the club he wants to leave in one of the next two transfer windows, according to the Mirror.

The World Cup winner has been the subject of speculation around his future for the last fortnight since reportedly becoming disillusioned with life at the club.

And, with Reina wanting out of Anfield, Arsenal and Manchester United have been joined in the queue by the Rafael Benitez-managed Inter Milan.

The Liverpool hierarchy, including boss Roy Hodgson, have spoken with their keeper in an attempt to keep him at Anfield but it seems he will be available for £20 million – his buy out clause.

Manchester United have reportedly been eyeing up Reina and are hoping the deal will stand at just £12 million as they search for a replacement for Edwin van der Sar.

However, he will have to hang on at Anfield until the end of the season as Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted no one will be joining the Old Trafford club in January.

Furthermore, Arsenal look likely to sign a goalkeeper in the next transfer window after more high profile blunders by Lucasz Fabianski continue to put the spotlight on the man between the sticks at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsene Wenger has publicly supported his Polish stopper but has been linked with many others recently, as it looks certain Gunners stopper Manuel Almunia will leave as well.

Liverpool are still hoping they will be able to keep Reina but have also drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements, which includes Manuel Neuer and Maarten Stekelenburg.

Meanwhile former Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel has stated he believes Reina is the perfect man to replace van der Sar at Old Trafford.

He recently told Beyond the Pitch: “I'm pretty sure they would go for someone like Reina, I'm pretty sure that's what they are trying to do.

“Too many goalkeepers have been through in and out of the doors at Manchester United and I think now the general perception is, for this team to play well and win trophies, that position has to be someone who is of the very, very highest quality, but also with the right experience and that's why I think someone like Reina would fit the bill.”

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