Liverpool And Bayern Munich Agree On Fee For Goalkeeper Pepe Reina
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is on his way to the Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, according to the English newspaper, The Times.
The German giants have had a bid of approximately £2million accepted for the 31-year-old player, who spent last season on loan with Napoli. It was believed that Rafa Benitez wanted to keep Reina on a permanent basis at Napoli, but the player has decided instead to join Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich.
Last week, Reina joined Liverpool for the club’s tour of the United States, but he failed to register a single minute of playing time and didn’t even make the bench for last night’s International Champions Cup final against Manchester United.
Now, he will join Bayern Munich and serve as backup to German international goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Reina started his career with Barcelona’s youth team in 1999 and eventually made 30 appearances for the senior squad from 2000-02. He then joined Villarreal in July 2002 and spent the next three season with the Spanish side, helping them qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in club history.
He was later signed by Rafa Benitez in July 2005 while the manager was in charge of Liverpool. Reina ended up making 285 appearances during his time with the Reds and helped the Merseyside club win a League Cup, FA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup.
Last season, while on loan with Napoli, Reina helped the Seria A side win the Coppa Italia.
The Spain international has also made 33 appearances for his country since 2005; spending most of his time as the second-choice keeper to Iker Casillas.
Reina was part of the Spanish sides who won the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, as well as the 2010 World Cup.