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Napoli's Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina celebrates during the Italian Serie A football match between Juventus and Napoli on April 22, 2018 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin. (Photo by MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)


AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has confirmed long-rumoured reports the Rossoneri will sign goalkeeper Pepe Reina on a free transfer in the summer. 

The former Liverpool stopper is out of contract at Napoli at the end of June, and Mirabelli believes he will be a key addition to the Milan squad, per Tiki Taka (via Football Italia): “We had the opportunity to get him for free, and we think it was useful strategically. We’ll have a lot of competition, Reina can help us off the pitch, in addition to his contribution on it. We need people with experience and he’s one of those.”

Mirabelli also addressed whether Reina’s arrival at the San Siro would hasten the departure of current No. 1 Gianluigi Donnarumma: 

I already told your other colleagues that it’s not just down to Donnarumma, it involves everyone. A player has to come to us and tell us he doesn’t want to stay, and that’s not the case with Donnarumma. If that does happen, there would also have to be a club ready to meet Milan’s asking price. For now neither condition has been satisfied.

Reina, 35, has been at Napoli since 2015 and has been a stalwart of the first team under manager Maurizio Sarri.

If Donnarumma remains at Milan past the summer it is likely the Spaniard will have to settle for a back-up role.

However, should the 19-year-old Italian—who has been Milan’s No. 1 for the past three seasons—opt to depart the San Siro, the Rossoneri already have a ready-made replacement ready to fill his boots, per Siavoush Fallahi of Eurosport:

Reina may be 35 but, as a goalkeeper, he could still have a couple of seasons left playing at the top level.

He can either act as a mentor for Donnarumma at Milan or a reliable replacement who can take the No. 1 jersey until the Serie A giants settle on a long-term option.

Milan look on course to finish sixth in Serie A this season, not the best result given they spent over £200 million in the transfer market last summer.

Getting a player of Reina’s quality is the kind of sensible business that will help Milan balance their books ahead of next term, when they will hope to improve further.

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