There’s news from Italy today that Newcastle have already agreed personal terms with Pepe Reina, whose agent is meeting with Napoli officials today about his future at the Italian club.
However, the Italian journalist Tancredri Palmeri reporting that news has also said that Reina is uncertain whether he should leave Napoli where he’s played for them for three of the last four seasons.
34 year-old Pepe Reina – personal terms agreed with Newcastle
This is the tweet Palmeri sent out earlier today:
Newcastle have found agreement on personal terms with Reina. Only thing to solve is Reina still not certain whether to leave Napoli or not
— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) June 1, 2017
Rafa wants his former goalkeeper at Newcastle for at least the next two seasons and with goalkeepers these days they can often go on playing until they are 40 and certainly Pepe is a top professional who has taken care of himself over a 17 year career playing 717 club games so far.
It seems that Rafa Benitez wants more experience in Newcastle’s defense and must consider Pepe a class above the four senior players already at the club – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Matz Sels.
If Pepe does arrive we expect two of those goalkeepers to be sold – probably Tim Krul and Matz Sels.
Chelsea have had an interest in signing Karl Darlow as their back up to their Belgium International goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and they have just sold their current back-up goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Bournemouth.
Chelsea may now be looking to replace Begovic quickly and could turn to Karl Darlow, especially if Newcastle sign Pepe Reina.
It will be a bit of a shock to Newcastle fans if Karl Darlow leaves the club, because for the last year he’s been Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper and had a good season for us in the Championship last season and seems to be improving all the time.
He’s a popular player at the club and showed he’s got the guts to play for Newcastle.
Whether he would like to sit on the bench at Chelsea and not play much is a good question, but we think Karl is the type of player who just loves to play every week even though he would get bigger wages at the Blues.
What do you think?