Napoli winger Dries Mertens has urged his club to do whatever it takes to permanently sign Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, after the Spaniard spent a successful loan-spell in Serie A last season, according to talkSPORT.
The Spanish international, who featured once at this summer's World Cup for Spain, has returned to England and is back with his parent-club Liverpool. Despite not being in Brendan Rodgers' plans, it looks like his future may still be at Anfield.
Rodgers is a big fan of current number-one Simon Mignolet, who he signed from Sunderland last summer to replace Reina, and reports suggest that he is ready to sign yet another 'keeper this time around, with Guillermo Ochoa linked.
However, Reina's agent has spoken out publicly about his client's future, and he has stated that the 31-year-old is happy enough to stay in Merseyside. Premier League side Arsenal have previously been linked with a shock move for the Spaniard, and so have French side AS Monaco, who failed to sign Victor Valdes on a free, after he failed his medical due to a serious knee injury.
A permanent Napoli move?
Reina enjoyed a successful loan-spell in Naples last season, working under ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, and, after impressing during his year in Italy, Napoli team-mate, Mertens, has now pleaded with the club to splash the cash in order to sign him.
The transfer fee wouldn't be an issue for the Serie A side, but Reina's weekly-wage may be as he is currently one of the highest earners at Anfield, despite not playing for them last season.
However, Mertens has suggested the club should do everything they can to sign the goalkeeper on a full-time deal.
"I hear many rumours but even so I would very much like to see Reina stay," Mertens told Corriere dello Sport.
"He is a player with great personality, who gives security to the whole team. It would be a shame if he could not find an agreement with Napoli."
It's reported that Napoli officials are hesitant of spending a lot of money on a 'keeper when they need more reinforcements outfield.
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