Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich have agreed on a deal to sign Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a paltry sum of £2.5m from Liverpool. Reina spent the last season on loan to Italian side Napoli but returned to the Reds’ pre season tour to the United States to sort out his contract. A move back of Napoli was touted but the Partenopei weren’t willing to pay his hefty wage demands while nouveau riche French outfit Monaco were also interested.
However Pep Guardiola’s influence, the pair knew each other from their time in Barcelona, convinced Reina to join the Allianz Arena outfit. Reina will however be the back up to German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer and will have to be contended with a place on the bench while getting a chance to play in domestic cup matches.
The 31 year old Reina started his career from Barcelona’s youth team in 1999 before featuring in 30 appearances for the senior squad from 2000-02. He later joined Villarreal in 2002 before Rafa Benitez snapped up him up at Liverpool, where Reina grew in stature to become one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League.
The player had a fair share of medals winning the League Cup, FA Cup and a UEFA Super Cup during his playing time at Anfield. Reina was part of the Spanish sides who conquered the world with their domination in the International stage winning the 2008 and 2012 European Championships alongside the 2010 World Cup.
Moreover since his Premier League debut in August 2005, no goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than him with 134 shutouts. Reina also made a name for himself last season at the Stadio Sao Paolo saving Mario Balotelli’s penalty against AC Milan, the Italian genius who earlier had a 100% success rate from the spot.
Bayern President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that Reina is just the kind of goalkeeper which the club was looking for. A medical is imminent for the official announcement is made. However it isn’t quite known yet if the Bundesliga Champions have agreed to pay the player’s hefty wages to bring him to Munich.