Rafa would love to get Pepe Reina to Newcastle for say two or three years so he can help steady the Newcastle defense.
Another reason Rafa wants Pepe is he is a winner and a leader; a big voice both on the field and in the dressing room.
Pepe is also immensely experienced at all levels, including the International level, having played 36 times for Spain.
The 35-year-old has played 740 first team club games so far in his career.
Rafa went after Pepe last summer, and Napoli tried to get the goalkeeper on a new contract, and whereas there was news he would be signing a new deal to stay in Naples, he never signed it.
And his current three-year deal he signed back in the summer of 2015 when he joined Napoli from Bayern Munich runs out this summer when he will become a free agent.
There is a report in the Sun today saying that Rafa wants £10M to bring in a goalkeeper and a striker this month.
Pepe Reina – as far as we can tell he’s a free agent this summer
This is the excerpt from the Sun report:
“Newcastle have roughly £10M to invest on a keeper and £100K/week wages to offer the right scorer.”
“But Benitez wants a little extra to secure Reina.”
Maybe Rafa wants to bring the veteran in this month and pay a nominal fee for him, but that should be reasonably small since he will become a free agent in the summer.
The alternative is to sign him on loan and then make the deal permanent in the summer, but we cannot see Napoli letting Reina leave halfway through the season.
It would be a surprise if can get Pepe Reina this month – but maybe in the summer.
Rafa will need all his powers of persuasion to get him to join Newcastle, where there’s no Champions League football for him.
What do you think?
Note: Bournemouth beat Arsenal 2-1 at home today and now go one point above Newcastle; we are now in 15th place.
18th placed Stoke play at Manchester United tomorrow afternoon.