Lazio confirm the free signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Reina

Lazio confirm the free signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina after veteran helped keep Aston Villa up at the end of last season

  • The 37-year-old has completed a permanent move from AC Milan
  • The veteran goalkeeper was keen to move to a Champions League team
  • Reina spent the second-half of the 2019-2020  season on loan at Aston Villa 

Veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina has agreed to join Lazio from AC Milan.

The former Liverpool, Barcelona and Napoli man, spent the second-half of last season loan at Aston Villa, who he helped keep up in the Premier League after narrowly avoiding relegation.

Lazio on Thursday confirmed the signing of the former Spain international, who will turn 38 later this month.

Pepe Reina is expected to complete a deal to join Lazio from Serie A rivals AC Milan this week

Reina wanted to play for a Champions League team this season.

AC Milan failed to qualify for the Champions League after finishing sixth in the Serie A last season.

Reina was back-up to Gianluigi Donarumma at the San Siro, and he is also expected to play second fiddle to Lazio No 1 Thomas Strakosha.

The veteran keeper spent the second-half of last season away on loan at Aston Villa

Since joining AC Milan in 2018, Reina has only ever made 13 appearances for the club in all competitions.

AC Milan are looking to cash in on the goalkeeper who is just about to enter his final year of his contract with the club. 

His desire for first-team football saw him make a temporary switch in the January window to Aston Villa as cover for the injured Tom Heaton.

He made 12 appearances while on loan at Villa Park helping the cub maintain their Premier League status.

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