Rafa Benitez planning sensational swoop for former Liverpool stopper

Rafa Benitez is planning a radical overhaul of Newcastle’s goalkeeping department, with the Spaniard planning to bring in Pepe Reina as his number one according to the Northern Echo.

The 34-year-old was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2005, going on to make almost 400 appearances for Liverpool. Benitez also managed the Spaniard at Napoli and is said to be keen on bringing his former stopper back to England this summer to be Newcastle United’s number one.

Reina is entering the last 12 months of his contract at Napoli and is believed to be keen on a move away from the Serie A giants after becoming unsettled in Naples.

With this in mind, it is reported today that Benitez will look to tempt the veteran into a move to Tyneside this summer – a fee in the region of £4m has been mooted.

The Northern Echo claims that Matz Sels, Tim Krul and Karl Darlow could all be moved on this summer as part of a major overhaul in the goalkeeping department. Benitez is believed to be keen to have Pepe Reina as his number one, with Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman in reserve.

Benitez recently described him as a “great player, but above all, a leader in the dressing room”, claiming he could make a difference “on and off the pitch”. This, combined with his immense distribution (which we’ve so often lacked) could make him a worthwhile signing for the club this summer.

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