Liverpool have emphatically denied that Barcelona have approached the club to sign Pepe Reina, despite reorts suggesting the Catalan want to bring him back to the Camp Nou.

Reina was believed to be lined up as a replacement for Victor Valdes, who is yet to sign a new deal with Barcelona as his contract enters it's final 12 months.

The club are resigned to losing the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 winner, who is said to be looking for a new challenge and has admitted he likes the idea of a move to England, though Barcelona insist they will only sell if the price is right.

Pepe Reina
Pepe Reina is not going to Barcelona in the summer, Liverpool insist.

If they do sell Valdes, Tito Vilanova will be in the market for a new keeper, and Reina, who spent time at the club as a youth player, could fit the bill if he fancies a move away from Liverpool.

Reina's father said earlier this year that his son would be interested in exiting Merseyside if Barcelona came calling, and this week reports swelled that Vilanova might be making enquiries about purchasing the stopper in the summer.

But the Liverpool Echo claims that there has so far been no contact between the clubs, despite reports in Spain saying that Barcelona were ready to complete a £10 million deal.

Reina has been Liverpool's undisputed number one since moving to the club in 2005, making 392 appearances for the side in that time.

But this season hasn't been as consistent as others for the keeper, with his performances costing the Reds important points at the start of the season that have ultimately cost them dear in the race for the top four.

Rodgers has stood by the goalkeeper though, insisting he is a part of Liverpool's long term plans and won't be sold. For £10 million though, the club could certainly find an apt replacement, and with Valdes possibly on the market and looking for a challenge in England, it could become a case of a swap deal so Reina can return to his old club.