Napoli must do their utmost to ensure that goalkeeper Pepe Reina remains in Italy and not return to parent club Liverpool.
The Spaniard, who is currently on international duty with Spain ahead of the commencement of the World Cup, enjoyed a fine loan spell with the Italian club last term, helping them finish third in the table and win the Coppa Italia in Rafael Benitez’s debut campaign.
He was forced out after Brendan Rodgers had swooped for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, with the Belgian’s impressive form helping play a key role in the Merseyside outfit’s shock challenge for the Premier League title.
Such form would make a return to Anfield a gloomy prospect for the goalkeeper, who had been eying a move to boyhood team Barcelona prior to his arrival at the Stadio San Paolo.
Arsenal had also been linked with the 31-year-old, but the rejuvenation of Wojciech Szczesny means a pursuit looks unlikely.
As Napoli look to improve on last season’s antics and look to challenge for next year’s Scudetto, the signing of Reina would be a solid start to their summer transfer business.
In spite of Liverpool’s willingness to move him on to pastures new, he remains a goalkeeper of the highest calibre and would continue to provide safety and stability for Benitez’s side.
Reports have encircled suggesting that the two sides are struggling to agree on a transfer fee, with the Italian side reluctant to meet Liverpool’s high asking price for the player.
Rodgers has already delved into the sizeable transfer kitty afforded to him by swooping for Southampton’s Ricky Lambert and Bayer Leverkusen’s Emre Can.
The decision to cut their losses on a goalkeeper that shone so brightly upon his initial move in 2004 could help fund moves for either Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona or Alberto Moreno of Europa League champions Sevilla.
Benitez’s healthy relationship with his former club could yet see a deal agreed, with the Spaniard knowing the damage of what losing out on such a quality goalkeeper could do to the side’s chances of progressing both domestically and on the European front.
His pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur and Brazil midfielder Sandro has also hit a snag, with the Naples club believing the £15million price tag to be too steep.
Sandro was one of the many forces inside the dressing room that led to the departure of Tim Sherwood, and Daniel Levy is keen to lose such characters to avoid a repeat under the new manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Napoli are also keen on Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin and Paolo Henrique Ganso of Sao Paolo.
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