Arsenal ready to make move for Pepe Reina

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering a surprise move for Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina and will allowed to sign the stopper if Reds boss Brendan Rodgers thinks the price is right, according to The Express.

Reina spent last season on loan with Napoli after failing to feature in Rodgers' first-team plans at Anfield, but despite enjoying a successful season in Serie A the Italian giants are unwilling to meet a lofty asking price to make the deal permanent.

The 31-year-old knows his chances of dislodging current Anfield number one Simon Mignolet are very slim and is now desperate to seal a move, after watching his chances of sealing dream move to Barcelona or more realistic switch to Naples fall apart.

That is where Arsenal come in, as Gunners boss Arsene Wenger searches for a quality replacement after watching Lukasz Fabianski decide to join Swansea City after allowing his contract to run down following success in last month's FA Cup final.

Wenger wants Wojciech Szczesny's position as number one to be tested by a quality rival next season and is now mulling over the merits of pursuing a summer switch, with Reina's place in Spain's World Cup squad ensuring there is no rush to push through any concrete offer for now.

Rodgers is thought to be reluctant to allow Reina to join a direct title rival, although won't rule out the chances of a shock summer switch from Merseyside to North London completely.

The Reds boss wants Reina off the wage bill as he bids to strengthen Liverpool across the board ahead of a return to the Champions League next season, which means Arsenal have a realistic chance of signing a top international goalkeeper this season.

Whether Wenger views Reina as a number two or replacement for Szczesny remains very much up for debate, but for the next month at least Arsenal are considering all options as they make landing a new keeper a top transfer priority.

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