Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson has revealed how the club tried to sign Spanish stopper Pepe Reina.
The Liverpool goalkeeper is regarded as one of the best in the Barclays Premier League, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been in the market for a player in the position for some time.
Whilst their were transfer whispers in the national press over a move by the Gunners last summer, the rumours were never confirmed. However, Wilson spoke on the matter in an interview with talkSPORT.
"Arsene tried like mad last summer to buy not only a goalkeeper but what he considered the most consistent in this country. So, he made a big bid for Pepe Reina," the former Arsenal number told the Keys & Gray show.
"That didn’t come out because it’s not Arsene Wenger’s way of doing it and it's not Arsenal’s way of doing it but he did attempt to do that."
Whilst it's unclear how much the Emirates outfit offered Liverpool, the Reds clearly fended off the interest to keep their top stopper at Anfield.
However, the player himself has revealed a desire to play Champions League football next season, and Liverpool may struggle to keep the 28-year-old should the Gunners make another offer.
"It's not about being patient. It's about the club winning and I want to be competitive. We used to fight to be among the top team and be in the Champions League. Sadly that's not the case now. I want to win titles," the keeper told the Daily Star earlier in the week.
Looking at current Barclays Premier League positions, Arsenal appear to be in the best place to offer that to the player, although his commitment to the cause under Kenny Dalglish has never been in question. An interesting tussle could develop in the summer, should the north London side return for the player.
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