Barcelona look set to step up their interest in Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, as they seek a replacement for Victor Valdes, who looks set to leave the Catalan based club at the end of next season. 

Reina's future at Liverpool has been in serious doubt over the last few weeks due to the signing of Sunderland's Belgian shot-stopper Simon Migonlet.

The £9m signing looks set to battle Reina for the number one spot next season, despite Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers stating that Mignolet wasn't bought to the club to replace the Spaniard. 

Reina has made over 250 appearances for the Reds since his arrival from Villarreal in 2005. Reina is also the record holder for appearances made by a Spanish player in Premier League history, with this statistic highlighting the Spaniard's importance to the Liverpool squad.

But the Daily Star claims that reports in Spanish media suggest that Reina looks set to hold talks with Barcelona in the coming days, with the Spanish giants keen to wrap up a deal for Reina. 

Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova is looking for an established keeper to replace Valdes when his contract expires at the end of next season, with Jose Manuel Pinto the only other goalkeeper remaining at the Nou Camp.

And with Reina set to hit his peak at 30 years old, he would be considered as a good long-term option to replace Valdes in the Barcelona goal. 

Reina was part of the Spanish squad that came second in the Confederations Cup on Sunday, with the goalkeeper set to make a decision on his future in the coming days. 

 

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