Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reina Is Back on Wenger's Radar as Reds Buy Mignolet

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Reina Is Back on Wenger's Radar as Reds Buy Mignolet

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

ARSENAL are monitoring Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina's situation after the Anfield club completed a [pounds sterling]9million deal for Simon Mignolet. Reina has publicly stated his intention to remain on Merseyside and fight for his first-team place but there is uncertainty over his future amid rumours manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to install Mignolet as his No1 next season.

It is understood that Reina, 30, will hold talks with Rodgers once the Spaniard's participation at the Confederations Cup is over and the Gunners have asked to be kept informed of any developments regarding the player's availability.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains a keen admirer of Reina, having tried to sign him two seasons ago, and he is considering a number of options as he looks to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny.

With the Gunners restructuring their wage bill after releasing a number of highly-paid players including Andrey Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastien Squillaci, Reina's [pounds sterling]110,000-a-week wages will not pose a problem.

At this stage, Reina looks more likely to remain at Liverpool and assess his alternatives in January but Arsenal are among several clubs who may revive their interest in him should it become clear he might leave the club before then. Barcelona are keen on Reina, who came through the ranks at the Camp Nou, and a move to Catalonia has additional appeal because his father, Miguel, also played for the club.

Arsenal were interested in Barca's current No1, Victor Valdes, but have turned their attentions elsewhere after he stated he wanted to see out the final year of his contract. Stoke's Asmir Begovic, Rene Adler, of Hamburg and Queens Park Rangers' Julio Cesar have all been scouted by the Gunners.

No move for a goalkeeper is close at this moment but Wenger is hopeful Carlo Ancelotti's arrival at Real Madrid will help seal their bid to sign striker Gonzalo Higuain. …

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