Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks set to continue his busy summer over the next few weeks with the Mirror reporting that he has set his sights on veteran Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
It is understood that the Citizens have already had a formal offer in the region of £2.6 million rejected by the Italian side, but a bid closer to the £5 million mark could persuade them to sell up.
This news comes as BBC Sport report that out-of-favour shot-stopper Joe Hart has joined West Ham on a season-long loan deal after completing a medical on Monday night.
Would Reina be able to add much to the Etihad?
With Ederson Moraes already joining this summer from Benfica in a £35 million deal – with it imagined that Guardiola sees him as a first-choice – it seems bizarre to bring in another goalkeeper.
Add Claudio Bravo to the mix too, who only joined from Barcelona just last year, and it us really difficult to see why Manchester City would need three top-class goalkeepers in their rank for next campaign.
Ye,t if the above reports in the Mirror have any truth behind them, the addition of Reina could actually pave the way for Bravo to find a new side, after an extremely underwhelming debut season.
The Chilean international was the epitome of City’s defensive struggles for the majority of last season, always looking nervy with the ball at his feet and at one stage conceding 14 out of 22 shots on target faced. His inconsistency eventually saw him lose the number one role to Willy Caballero.
But, for Guardiola to bin Bravo off after just one season would be an incredibly harsh decision, especially considering that he would only be a back-up to Ederson next term.
Should he in fact leave, it’ isnot hard to see why Reina has been touted as the man to be City’s new number two – experienced in La Liga, Serie A and the Premier League, the 34-year-old pretty much knows the English top-flight like the back of his hand after making over 300 Liverpool appearances.
This means that, unlike Bravo, he is extremely comfortable coming off of his line and claiming a high ball, and his agility between the sticks hasn’t dwindled at all, despite his growing age.
Add to this his level-head, calm and composed leadership on the pitch and the impact that somebody of his experience has in the dressing room – after all, he has won both the European Championship and the World Cup with Spain in the last decade – and it could be a bargain bit of business for City.