Napoli have gotten a lot of great news this week, with Champions League qualification secured, then drawing a good group. But they could take a big blow as well, with reports of a €7 million offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Pepe Reina, and by some reports he’s strongly considering the offer.
Reina’s agent refused to acknowledge that a formal offer has been made, but on Thursday he did confirm that PSG have a real interest in bringing Reina in. More than that, though, he declared once more that Reina has no intention of renewing his contract with Napoli, which is set to expire at the end of this season.
Reina turns 35 next week, and would serve as a reserve to Kevin Trapp in Paris, and as a better rotation option than Alphonse Areola currently provides for them. But losing Reina — albeit with a bigger fee than Napoli would have expected to get — would sting, as they have no other real option in goal right now.
This news has sparked fresh rumors about Napoli turning to Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli again, renewing negotiations from earlier in the summer that they had stepped away from thanks to high fee demands from the Spanish club. But with Napoli now armed with Champions League money and an apparently even more pressing need for a goalkeeper than before, they have some major incentive to get a deal done now.
Hopefully Napoli can sign Rulli and keep Reina, because it is far too late in the summer to try and integrate a new goalkeeper. Rulli is a good player, make no mistake, but getting him bedded in with a new defense in a new system would take time and have a negative impact on the early days of Napoli’s season, which is not something they need right now in a high-pressure season with no room for error.