Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s proposed permanent transfer to Napoli would appear to be almost a foregone conclusion, with the Spaniard unwanted on Merseyside and having impressed in Italy under former manager Rafael Benitez.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers allowed Reina to join Napoli on a season-long loan following the acquisition of Simon Mignolet from Sunderland as his new first choice, and there appears to be little way back for the experienced shot-stopper.
Reina claims Liverpool sent him on loan in order to remove him from the club’s wage bill, while Rodgers recently stated that he believed the ‘keeper had said ‘goodbye’ to the Anfield faithful for good after penning a letter of thanks to Reds fans.
Napoli would seem likely to pursue a full-time transfer for Reina given there is no longer room for the player at Liverpool, and the club’s winger Dries Mertens has urged the Serie A side to clinch the signing of the Spain international.
"Reina is very important for us, both on and off the field," Martens told Mediaset.
"Pepe please stay here! He's having a terrific season, I hope he stays with us."
Reina made 394 appearances for Liverpool during eight full seasons with the club, and his most notable achievements came in wins in the FA Cup final in 2006 and the League Cup two campaigns ago.