Liverpool to move for Sunderland stopper Mignolet

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is preparing a bid of around £6.5m to bring Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Anfield, reports The Mirror.

With Pepe Reina expected to be on the move this summer, it is said that Anfield chiefs have given the former Swansea manager the green light to bring the Belgian stopper in as his replacement.

Mignolet has been considered one of the best keepers in the Premier League in recent months and seasons, despite Sunderland’s relatively poor league finishes, but while Rodgers has identified Mignolet as the man he wants there is also said to be a contingency plan in place in case the deal does not go ahead.

Diego Lopez was Jose Mourinho’s first choice stopper at Real Madrid during the Portuguese’s rein at the Bernabeu, but with his departure and the widely expected arrival of Carlo Ancelotti imminent, it is thought that Iker Casillas will be restored to first choice keeper next season, casting doubt over Lopez’s future.

Rodgers is thought to have considered making a move for the 31-year-old if Mignolet remains in the North East, or indeed opts to move elsewhere.

Mignolet joined the Black Cats in June 2010, and while the fee was undisclosed it was thought to be around the £2m mark, meaning that Sunderland could be looking at a healthy profit should the Belgian international wish to move to Merseyside.

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