Barcelona to announce Liverpool goalkeeper signing?

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Barcelona are close to announcing the signing of a new goalkeeper, according to new president Josep Maria Bartomeu, with on-loan Liverpool star Pepe Reina still in the frame, reports talkSPORT.

The Spanish stopper has long been linked with a return to Camp Nou, having started his career with the Primera Division giants.

Reina is currently enjoying a season-long stint in Italy, under former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez at Napoli, and is fully expected to leave Anfield permanently at the end of the current campaign.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers prepared for Reina's expected departure when he brought in Simon Mignolet to occupy the number one spot on Merseyside, then allowing the 31-year-old to head to Stadio San Paolo.

Reina has made no secret of his desire to move back to Barcelona, and Tata Martino has been credited with an interest in replacing the soon-to-be-departing Victor Valdes with the Premier League veteran.

"We have not finalised an agreement with the goalkeeping replacement for Victor Valdes, although we are very close," Bartomeu is quoted saying, by El Mundo Deportivo.

Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the other name believed to be in the frame, with speculation going into overdrive after the recent announcement that he rejected the offer of a new contract with the Bundesliga club.

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