Pepe Reina to leave Liverpool and reunite with Benitez at Napoli

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to leave the club and reunite with former boss Rafael Benitez by joining Napoli on a season-long loan, according to The Telegraph.

Reina had been expected to leave the club this summer following the arrival of Simon Mignolet for £9m from Sunderland, and Barcelona had appeared to be his preferred destination initially.

Reina is understood to have flown to Italy on Friday night to meet with Benitez and get the loan terms thrashed out, with Liverpool thought to be expecting the deal to eventually be made permanent at the end of the 2013-14 season.

The Kop are also thought to be shaving £4m a year off their wage bill by letting Reina leave on loan, rather than becoming second choice behind Belgian Mignolet, who announced on his arrival that he was at Anfield to take the No. 1 jersey.

Reina joined Liverpool from Villareal in 2005, and has made 285 appearances since then, winning the UEFA Super Cup in 2005, a Community Shield and FA Cup winners medal in 2006 and a league cup trophy in 2012.

The deal will represent the second time Benitez has signed the now-30-year-old, having been the Liverpool incumbent when Reina first arrived at Anfield.

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