There’s news from Italy that Pepe Reina has refused to sign a new contract extension at Napoli, which the club want to do since he has only one year left on his current deal and he could become a free agent next summer and leave for nothing.
We had almost given up hope on Pepe, after his agent Manuel Garcia Quilon had met with the club last week and announced the goalkeeper would see out the final year of his contract.
We thought that was it, but now it seems that Pepe does not want a new deal to stay in Naples.
Pepe Reina – good time to buy him
The report is from the RAI TV station that Reina has been offered a two year extension to his deal which would make him 37 after another three years in Italy.
The report is that the club are not happy at all that Pepe has turned down the deal and it seems the rift between player and club has now widened.
A few weeks ago it had been reported that Rafa has already agreed terms with the goalkeeper on a new deal at Newcastle, so we assume that would be a three year deal, although a two year deal is also possible with the option of another year.
RAI says the deal was turned down by Pepe because he wants wages of €60K/week (£52.2K/week).
The fee for Reina is also said to be €5M (£4.3M) if Napoli sell, but that’s not much different from the reports recently that he would cost £3M or £4M.
So we don’t think the finances of buying Reina will have put Rafa Benitez off at all and Pepe would maybe get wages of £55K/week at the Magpies – maybe that’s what has already been offered to him.
It all depends if Rafa really wants Pepe Reina at Newcastle and if he does the time seems ripe for the move.
And if Pepe does come to Newcastle it will prove that Rafa is in charge of all football matters at the club, because Mike Ashley wouldn’t have allowed this – not until Rafa came on board.
If Rafa wants Pepe then now’s the time to move and Newcastle are in the driver’s seat in negotiating a fee with Napoli, because if he doesn’t move this summer they could lose him for nothing next year.
What do you think?