Napoli have reportedly approached Liverpool to enquire about the availability goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
New manager of the Serie A team, Rafa Benitez, made Reina one of his first signings when he joined Liverpool from Valencia.
At the time, Reina was a highly-rated yet largely unknown youngster from Villarreal, who had been overlooked after graduating from Barcelona’s academy.
The jovial shot stopper blossomed into a cult hero and world class international at Anfield, although he has endured roller-coaster form for the past two seasons.
The Reds recently bought Belgian international ‘keeper Simon Mignolet from Sunderland, and it is unusual for a team to keep a £9 million gloveman on the bench.
Reina and Mignolet have both gone on record to say they welcome the challenge to be first-choice ‘keeper for Liverpool.
But Napoli seem to think that Mignolet’s arrival has pushed Reina towards the brink of departure.
He had been linked to a return to Barcelona until Camp Nou incumbent Victor Valdes agreed to see out his contract with the Spanish champions.
Liverpool would prefer to keep Reina, who is a Kop icon, vocal mainstay of the dressing room and world class ‘keeper on his day.
But in Mignolet they have a younger man who has arguably been better than his team-mate of late.
And by selling Reina, Liverpool could save £110,000 per month on the three years he still has to run on his current deal with the club.