Saturday 20 January 2018

Reds eye Neuer as successor to Reina

Manuel Neuer. Photo: Getty Images
Manuel Neuer. Photo: Getty Images

Rory Smith

Liverpool have drawn up a shortlist of possible replacements should goalkeeper Pepe Reina activate the get-out clause which would allow him to leave Anfield for £20m in the summer. The list includes German club Schalke's Manuel Neuer and Ajax's Maarten Stekelenburg.

Though the club's owners, New England Sports Ventures (NESV), are determined to retain the Spain international -- and are confident they can mollify Reina by proving their ambitions match his own -- Liverpool have identified a number of candidates should their attempts fail.

Neuer (24) the Germany international who is rated at around £12m, seems the most natural fit because of his age and comparatively low price tag. At 28, Stekelenburg does not fit into NESV's philosophy of buying young talent.

For all of his undoubted quality, though, Neuer would face a considerable task in replacing Reina, who signed a six-year deal earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have persuaded goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to commit himself to the club until 2015 and are now working on new contracts for Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and Andrei Arshavin.

Szczesny is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and, even at the age of 20, has become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities.

That prompted concerns that he may be tempted by the offers of regular football elsewhere but he signed a new five-year deal yesterday that suggests he will be competing with Lukasz Fabianski to be Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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