Pepe Reina could be set for a move to Atletico Madrid with the side showing an interest in the Liverpool keeper.
Pepe Reina could be set for a move to Atletico Madrid with the side showing an interest in the Liverpool keeperReuters

Atletico Madrid are reportedly monitoring Liverpool loanee Pepe Reina should they fail to secure the services of Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois.

Reina is currently on loan at Napoli and even though he has a contract at Anfield until 2016, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to part with him at the end of the season.

The Spanish international has been indispensable for the Italian side this season and has become a firm favourite with fans and manager Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is planning to make every effort to keep him in Italy.

However, according to El Confidencial, Pepe Reina's name has reappeared on Atletico Madrid's wish list as a priority for next season should they fail to secure Courtois' services – although the Spanish club cannot afford the keeper's salary.

The Belgium international is currently enjoying his third successive loan season at the Vicente Calderon where he has built a reputation as one of the finest shot stoppers in Europe.

Atletico are desperately trying to secure his services on a permanent basis or through another loan deal but it is understood Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants him back in west London next season to fight for a place with Petr Cech.

According to Daily AS, another goalie replacement would be Levante's Keylor Navas, who is proving to be a sensation in La Liga this season.

Barcelona, where Reina's professional career began before making his name at Liverpool, are also reportedly monitoring the situation.

Victor Valdes was expected to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season but the combination of a cruciate knee ligament injury and the Catalans being handed a year-long transfer embargo by Fifa throws his future into doubt.

The acquisition of Ter Stegen from Borussia Mönchengladbach means Reina would move to Barca as the No.2 should the club's Fifa transfer ban be lifted. But it is uncertain the on-loan Liverpool stopper would be willing to sacrifice first-team football at Napoli for a return to the Catalans.