With the summer transfer window set to open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Arsenal may turn to Pepe Reina after Victor Valdes confirmed he won’t leave Barca this summer.
Arsenal may renew their interest in Liverpool’s Pepe Reina after Victor Valdes confirmed he intends to see out the remaining year of his contract with Barcelona, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish goalkeeper has been at the Nou Camp his entire professional career but looked set to end his association with the Catalans after revealing he won’t be renewing his contract – which expires in 12 months time.
The Mail claim Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for the 31-year-old with boss Arsene Wenger understood to be on the look-out for an experienced stopper to push Wojciech Szczesny for the number one jersey at the Emirates Stadium next season.
However, the Gunners will have to wait another year if they want to land Valdes after Barcelona President Sandro Rosell confirmed the keeper had informed the club he will stay and see out the last year of his contract.
If Wenger is intent on bringing in a new keeper this summer he will now have to go for other targets with the Mail suggesting Liverpool’s Pepe Reina and Sunderland’s Simon Mignolet could now be on his radar. The Gunners have been strongly linked with a move for the Spaniard in the past and the report claims the north Londoners may renew their interest following the news on Valdes’ decision to remain in Spain for another season.
Mignolet is thought to be keen for a move this summer to boost his chances of playing for Belgium at the 2014 World Cup and could be available for around £8m according to the newspaper, but ironically Liverpool are also in the hunt for the 25-year-old so it will be interesting to see how this goalkeeper merry-go-round pans out over the coming weeks.