Highly rated goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed that Arsenal put down a £20m dollar bid for him in 2010 but the transfer dealings were halted as the owners at the time, Hicks and Gillett, felt his presence was crucial to the sale of the club.
It was clear that Liverpool were in a crisis with the owners at the time and Reina also felt the same way to saying that he almost quit the club three times with Hicks and Gillet at the helm.
The Spaniard said on the situation in his new autobiography Pepe: My Autobiography:
When I signed my contract in April 2010 I hoped that better times were just around the corner, a feeling that was fuelled by the promises of improvement from people at the club.
It didn’t take me long to feel that their promises were hollow. I felt betrayed. Our owners were at war with each other, the club’s debts were spiralling out of control and a change in manager had failed to dispel the feeling that we were on the road to nowhere.
Arsenal had made their determination to sign me clear by offering £20m, a phenomenal amount for a goalkeeper. Part of me felt that I was well within my rights to consider my future even if I did so with a heavy heart.
When Liverpool received the bid, they rejected it. This was not because I had been told that I was too good a keeper to leave. The reason I was given was quite different – and it left me feeling down. I was told that my continued presence was crucial to the sale of the club. I was simply a bargaining chip in the sales process.
Perhaps things could have been different if Pepe was in goal. I have lost count of the number of soft goals we conceded from free-kicks and set-pieces with Fabianski in goal last season. But in Szczesny we now have a goalkeeper that should remain number one for many years to come!