The father of Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has claimed his son would be the “ideal” replacement for outgoing Barcelona number one Victor Valdes.
The Camp Nou ‘keeper confirmed he would not be renewing his deal with the Catalan club and a report in talkSPORT claims they have earmarked the Anfield number one as his possible successor.
The 30-year-old is getting back to his best form for Liverpool after a tricky start to the season and is proving to be a pivotal part of Brendan Rodgers starting XI.
Reina started his career at Barcelona, coming through the youth ranks to gain a place in the first team before joining Villareal and then Liverpool in 2005.
His father has urged him to consider a return to his former club now that Valdes has decided to move on.
“Barça made my son a man since he arrived there when he was 12 years old until he left,” Miguel Reina is quoted as saying in the report.
“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.”
Liverpool do not have great goalkeeping options if they were to lose Reina, as his understudy, Brad Jones, failed to convince when handed a chance through the Spaniard being injured