For reasons unexplained, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is desperate to get rid of stalwart stopper Pepe Reina, with reports emerging that the Reds will listen to offers as low as £4m for the Spaniard’s services.
Currently on loan at Napoli, the 31-year-old looks all but certain to have played his last game for the Merseysiders, who are available to back at 6/1 to win a maiden Premier League title this year.
Available at such an inexplicably reduced price, there’s likely to be a queue of suitors snaking around the Anfield block and, in fear of losing out in the melee, Rafa Benitez has moved to snare Catania’s Argentine net minder Mariano Andujar, who will link up with the San Paolo side prior to next season.
So with no place at Liverpool and question marks hanging over his Napoli future, which fat cats should be purring over Pepe’s predicament?
The Catalan behemoths have long been linked with re-signing a graduate of their famed La Masia academy and their protracted pursuit could come to a successful conclusion in the summer.
Long-serving number one Victor Valdes will bid the Camp Nou adieu when the curtain falls on this campaign, meaning Los Blaugrana will require a new keeper.
Another of those to feature highly on their hitlist, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, will be leaving Borussia Monchengladbach and is almost certainly Barca bound.
They could move to procure the pair, but whether Reina would be satisfied with understudy duty at club level, as well as international is unlikely – the goalkeeper merry-go-round continues.
The club forecast to capitalise on Valdes’ contract situation, mega-rich French outfit Monaco have more than enough money and ambition to lure a target like Reina.
If Valdes opts to go elsewhere, the 30-cap international would be a viable alternative.
Arsene Wenger has long admired the former Premier League Golden Glove winner, having a £20m bid rebuffed in 2010, then £10m a season-and-a-half later.
His bargain bin price may be too tempting for the frugal Frenchman.
Incumbent warden of the north Londoners’ onion bag Wojciech Sczesny has been much-improved this term, but Reina’s experience and influence will add extra steel to their sometimes frail backline.