Barcelona is reportedly interested in bringing Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina aboard after talks with Spanish international Victor Valdes have disintegrated, according to John Cross of the Daily Mirror.
And you can bet Reina would be interested in joining Barca.
Reina, as you may remember, was brought up through the ranks by Barcelona, starting at the age of 12. At 18 years of age, he was called up to the first team. His father, Miguel, is also a former Barcelona player.
In fact, in light of the rumors, Miguel recently said, "I am absolutely convinced that Pepe would be more than delighted to return to his Barcelona," via David Maddock of the Daily Mirror.
Reina himself added, via Sky Sports, "Barcelona is a great club and it is difficult to say no to a club like Barcelona."
He also said, via the Sky Sports report, that "there isn't any serious offer on the table" and "we are talking about assumptions," but his prior comment—combined with his former link to Barca—makes you wonder if he would move to the club if heavily pursued.
Reina also noted, "At present, I just have an option: stay at Liverpool."
At present? Does that mean he's open to a new future?
It may be reading into things a bit too much. Then again, given Reina's warm relationship with Barcelona as well as his father's admiration of the club, perhaps it isn't.
There's also the fact that the Reds—who finished seventh in the Premier League this season—are in rebuilding mode under manager Brendan Rodgers. Reina's fee of £110,000 a week definitely takes some money off the table that could be used to add some promising youngsters.
Reina's talent is undeniable. He posted 14 clean sheets in 2012-13, the most out of any goalkeeper in the EPL with fewer than 38 starts, via TheScore.com. He would be a fine replacement for Valdes at Barcelona.
In exchange, Liverpool would free up some money to boost the rebuilding process.
It's a win-win situation.