Napoli are poised to decline the option to renew goalkeeper Pepe Reina’s contract, and focus on bringing Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in for the 2017/18 season – according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.
Reina has been at the Italian club since 2015 after a very brief spell with German giants Bayern Munich, and is now 34-years-old.
The Spaniard has been a mainstay in goal for the club this season, helping them reach third in the table with just six games to go, and has been one of the reasons they boast the third-best defensive record in the division.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are mathematically still in with a chance of winning the league title, but will likely fall short, with leaders Juventus 10 points ahead.
Napoli will not renew Reina’s contract, they want Szczesny, but are also looking at Perin & Meret. (Gazzetta)
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They have all but ensured Champions League qualification however, with nine points separating them and fourth placed Lazio.
If the former Liverpool ‘keeper is to leave the club at the end of the season, he would certainly be going out on a high.
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As reported by Gazzetta, via Football Italia, Napoli could replace Reina with the impressive Szczesny, who has been on loan at Roma for the past two seasons and has really shone this campaign. They are also looking at Alex Meret and Mattia Perrin as alternatives.
Szczesny saw his first team opportunities at Arsenal become depleted with the singings of Petr Cech and David Ospina, and he could well leave London permanently in the summer transfer window.