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Rumour Mongering: Reina Attracting Attention from Munich and Milan

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Pepe Reina's future clearly doesn't lie with Liverpool, and reports this weekend have the goalkeeper attracting interest from Bayern Munich and Saturday evening's Champions Cup opponents AC Milan.

Ian Walton

He may have rejoined the club for their US tour, but it's been evident throughout the past year-plus that Pepe Reina wasn't going to feature for Liverpool again. Between the purchase of Simon Mignolet, the goodbye letter that left Brendan Rodgers sour, and the gradual slide in form over the past few seasons--which, by all accounts, continued while on loan at Napoli--the Spaniard has quickly gone from number one to someone they can't seem to get rid of quickly enough.

That might be unfair for a player who did so much for the club, but if there's anything in reports on Saturday, there might be some sort of permanent resolution on the horizon. Gianluca Di Marzio was one of a few others to run with a story that Bayern Munich might have interest in bringing the 31-year-old in as a backup to Manuel Neuer. The perennial Bundesliga frontrunners are in the market for a backup, and after they backed off of a deal for Costa Rica's Keylor Navas, Reina might fit the bill. Di Marzio also includes Liverpool's opponents tonight as a potential destination, with AC Milan apparently in need of a proven number one with Christian Abbiati not yet fit and neither of Michael Agazzi nor Gabriel convincing.

Both would seem decent enough destinations for Reina, and both clubs would likely be able to bring him aboard with little fuss or cost. Whether or not either actually end up with him is another matter entirely, but from a Liverpool perspective, interest in a player that's not part of their plans can't be a bad thing.