Premier League - Bayern confirm Reina to join from Liverpool

Pepe Reina will complete a £2 million switch to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, according to the German club's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

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“Yes we’ve made an agreement," former Germany striker Rummenigge said from Portland, Oregon, during Bayern's US tour.

"Reina is our new keeper. He’s very experienced and he would like to come to Munich, even though Manuel Neuer is the number one.”

The fee for the 31-year-old thought to be in the region of £2 million. He had been linked with AC Milan and Napoli, having spent last season on loan at the latter.

Reina, who has 33 caps for Spain, helped Napoli finish third in Serie A and qualify for the Champions League.

However, it appears as though Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers deems the former Villarreal man as surplus to requirements with Simon Mignolet set to continue as the Merseyside club’s number one.

He will now rejoin Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, having played with the legendary midfielder at Barcelona at the turn of the millennium.

The news was originally reported on Twitter by Tony Barrett of the Times:

Born and raised in Madrid, Reina started his career at Barcelona, playing 30 games for their first team as a youngster. But, aged 20, he was deemed surplus to requirements when the late Germany keeper Robert Enke signed in 2002.

Reina moved to Villarreal, where he played 136 matches in three seasons, establishing himself as one of the top keepers in Spain, making his international debut in 2005. A big-money deal at Liverpool followed but, after Mignolet's arrival last summer, he rejected a new contract at Anfield and moved on loan to Napoli in Serie A.

Reina had reportedly been angling for a return to Barcelona, but the signings of Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo ended those hopes.

OUR VIEW:

Despite boasting Germany star Neuer as their number one, Bayern have struggled with depth in the goalkeeping position, with Tom Starke the only other senior shot-stopper in the squad. If one or both are injured or suspended, the club have to look to their amateur team for cover.

It seems an odd move for Reina, though, as he will play second fiddle to Neuer, widely regarded as the best goalkeeper in the world.

However, it gives the Spain international the opportunity to earn a high wage, with his reported salary of £110,000 per week off-putting to most clubs.

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