Liverpool's summer transfer window has been quite successful so far, but Brendan Rodgers is still working hard at finalising his squad for the upcoming campaign. On Friday, fans got some clarity regarding the futures of two players linked with the club, stopper Pepe Reina and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.
Reina's situation is well documented—the former No. 1 spent last season on loan at Napoli and seemed to recapture some of his old glory minding the net for the Italians. Now back with Liverpool, it was thought he wanted a permanent move away from the club.
Vidal is one of the hottest names on the transfer market, and reports have emerged the Reds could be one of the teams interested in his services, per Football-Italia.
Here's the latest news regarding both players.
Reina Confirms He's Staying with Liverpool
The veteran stopper told Cadena SER (h/t to the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson) he plans to honour his contract with the club, and that he is getting along fine with his teammates:
I have a contract to be respect with Liverpool. I'm training well and I am perfectly fine with my teammates. I am here to stay. I have not talked to Brendan Rodgers, I've been here for only four days and I am just thinking of training to my best and getting back into shape.
I want to be at the top and to play as many games as possible. At the moment all the big Spanish teams are covered in my role, so I see it as very difficult to return to Spain.
Belgian international Simon Mignolet has a firm grasp on the starting role in goal, despite several mental lapses during the 2013-14 season. The Reds didn't have a strong backup option in their squad, something Reina could provide.
The Spaniard had been linked with a permanent move to Napoli or a return to his country of birth, per Jefferson, but both options fell through when Napoli held out for a lower transfer fee and the top Spanish clubs solidified the position.
His spell as Liverpool's starter was filled with ups and downs, but at his very best, he was a capable starter that gave fans plenty to cheer about. Reina knows the club and has shown he can deal with the pressure, and his experience would be a welcome addition to the squad.
That doesn't mean he will definitely stay at the club—he remains an intriguing option for teams still looking for a veteran starter, and as we get closer to the start of the Premier League season, an interested party might still emerge.
Juventus Downplay Vidal Transfer Rumours
Bianconeri director Beppe Marotta told reporters the club has no intention of selling their Chilean midfielder, adding he would be "very surprised" if the player demanded a transfer, per Football-Italia:
It’s very simple. Vidal extended his contract with us last season, as there was a reciprocal desire to continue this rapport. There is no reason for him to leave. Yesterday he gave an interview in a rushed and embarrassed manner, as he was getting his luggage and so was misinterpreted.
The transfer saga surrounding Vidal is starting to take ridiculous proportions, with fans and pundits seemingly interpreting every word as signs that he'll be staying or leaving.
The 27-year-old was hounded by reporters at the airport when he finally returned from his break following the 2014 World Cup, and the resulting "interview" sent social media into a frenzy.
GianlucaDiMarzio.com's David Amoyal thinks people are severely exaggerating every single sound bite:
There's no question the midfielder would add a whole new dimension to Rodgers' squad, as Vidal has blossomed into one of the world's best and most complete players during his time in Turin.
A transfer move is becoming less likely with every passing day, however, and Liverpool's reported interest is yet to be confirmed by the club. While the Reds could still use a marquee signing to complete their summer, it doesn't appear Vidal will be coming to Anfield anytime soon.
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