Barcelona have been handed a boost in their attempts to sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, with the Reds owners Fenway Sports Group unlikely to want to keep him after the arrival of Sunderland stopper Simon Mignolet.
Rumours of the 30-year-old Spaniard's departure from Anfield have been circulating throughout the summer, but his chances of moving to the Nou Camp had thought to have faded, with the Catalans believing he was set to stay.
However, with Liverpool set to complete a £9million deal to sign 24-year-old Belgian Simon Mignolet from the Stadium of Light within the next 48 hours, Reina's future is again in doubt.
Mignolet, who is targeting a place in his countries' World Cup squad, has reportedly been promised first-team football, which leaves the Reds with the dilemma of having one of their highest earning players sitting on the bench.
Last week, Reina reiterated his desire to stay at Liverpool, commenting to The Mirror: "I have three years left on my contract and I want to fulfil that and even go further. I'm very happy and satisfied at Liverpool, I feel valued and respected.
"In principle my plan is to continue with Liverpool. The best option for my family is for me to stick with Liverpool."
The former Barcelona academy graduate, who was handed his senior debut by the Catalans, would thought be interested in a return to his boyhood club.
He has already hinted at a possible exit, saying: "Logically, if there was a chance to improve and go to a bigger club, it would be a good opportunity, although there are few clubs bigger than Liverpool."
But it remains to be seen whether Barca, who are still on the look out for a replacement for Victor Valdes - who will leave the club at the end of next season - are willing to come back in for Reina.
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