Bayern Munich consider move for Pepe Reina

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Bayern Munich are taking a look at Pepe Reina as a potential back up for their number one choice, Manuel Neuer. 

According to the Daily Mirror, Pep Guardiola is keen to bring his fellow Spaniard to the Allianz Arena as a supporting choice to Germany number one Manuel Neuer, who is currently away from training following World Cup success.

The Liverpool keeper, who spent last season playing under his old boss, Rafa Benitez at Napoli in Serie A, is keen to end his career in Spain but has admitted that may not be possible as the "big Spanish teams are covered in my role."

Benitez is keen to keep the 31 year-old in Italy but the club are currently stalling to pay up to the reported £3.95 million price tag. 

Reina's season at Napoli: 

Reina enjoyed a great debut season in Italy as he helped Napoli finish 3rd in the league and was part of the side that won the Copa Italia. In all he made 29 appearances and one of his highlights of the season came against Milan in September when he became the first goalkeeper to deny Mario Balotelli from the spot in a competitive match. 

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After the arrival of the fresh faced, Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, Reina was pushed aside as manager, Brendan Rodgers looked to install a younger keeper who he could build up as a permanent replacement when the Spaniard was to leave.

For nine years Reina was first choice at Anfield and although he is back training with the Premier League side, he is keen to move away rather than back into the frame. 

Bayern keeper choices: 

Behind the towering shadow of Manuel Neuer, Bayern are limited in goalkeeping options and with pressure on Guardiola to seek success in Europe this year, then perhaps a second string of experience is required.

Earlier this month, 20 year-old, Lukas Raeder left the club to join Portuguese club Vitória Setúbal on a three-year contract. Their only other remaining choice on the bench is Tom Starke, who made just three appearances last season. 

The presence of Reina at Bayern would be a welcoming sight and this would benefit Neuer giving him respite presumably for the DFB Pokal matches but at 31, it's hard to believe that the Spaniard would want to take a back seat role.

As a Spain International, there will be inevitable bidders prepared to promise him first team football if Liverpool choose to offload their veteran shot stopper. But for Reina, a move to the Bundesliga and Bayern would give him the chance to train with the world's best and compete for more silverware where he may not elsewhere, especially if he wants to hold out for a move back to Spain. 

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