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Reina move in serious doubt

Last Updated: Sun, 08 Jun 2014 18:32
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Spanish stopper Pepe Reina looks destined to return to Liverpool for pre-season training after Napoli refused to meet the asking price.

Former Reds boss Rafa Benitez is keen to keep hold of the 31-year-old after he enjoyed a season-long loan spell with the Serie A outfit last term.

However, the goalkeeper's agent has now admitted that it would be very difficult for Reina to stay in Italy due to the lack of progress being made between the two parties over a full transfer.

Reina played a key role in helping Napoli finish third in the league last season and helped them qualify for the Champions League as well as winning the Copa Italia, but despite their admiration for the player they aren't prepared to pay over the odds for his services.

The star's representative Manuel Garcia Quilon told ESPN: "It's very difficult for Pepe to remain at Napoli.

"From June 30, he will return to Liverpool because they want to maximise his sale, and Napoli are not willing to spend what is required."

Reina, who is currently away with the Spain at the World Cup in Brazil as third choice keeper, lost the number one spot at Anfield to Simon Mignolet following his arrival from Sunderland last summer despite amassing nearly 400 games for the club.

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