Arsenal could revive Neto transfer hopes after failed loan bid for Barcelona goalkeeper in January
According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal could look to revive their interest in Neto during the summer transfer window after Barcelona decided to sell the Brazilian goalkeeper.
The Gunners had sought to acquire Neto on loan back in January amid Mikel Arteta’s search for an upgrade on Alex Runarsson as the back up to Bernd Leno, but was denied a deal as Ronald Koeman refused to sanction the move.
Koeman shut the door to Neto departing the Camp Nou, despite the 31-year-old expressing desires of leaving, as he did not want to leave himself short of options in case something would befall Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Neto continues to see his future away from Catalunya and could now be granted his wish, as Barcelona have placed the one-cap international on the chopping block two years on from his £23.3million (BBC) arrival from Valencia.
That is potentially good news for Arteta and Arsenal, as the Gunners are thought to still be interested in a deal for Neto, although the north London side are expected to face a fight to obtain his services.
Neto was also reluctant to accept a move to the Emirates Stadium in January to simply switch a seat on the Barcelona bench for Arsenal’s, unless Arteta was willing to offer guarantees that he would be competing with Leno for the number one jersey.
Arsenal are in the same boat as they were in January by needing to sign another goalkeeper to challenge Leno having only brought Mat Ryan in on loan from Brighton, and are yet to seal a permanent move for the Australian.
Neto clearly has admirers in north London yet may still be opposed to accepting a move as Leno is focused on remaining at the Emirates, but what could aid Arsenal’s position is that the Brazilian is represented by Kia Joorabchian who has close ties to Technical Director Edu.
It also remains to be seen if the Gunners intend to lodge another bid for Neto, as the experienced shot-stopper has not featured in any competition since January and last played a La Liga fixture in October while Ter Stegen was injured.
You may also like…
- Report: Newcastle’s hopes of signing Willock rest on Premier League rival’s pursuit of ‘lovely footballer’
- Ian Wright and Rob Holding react on Instagram as Arsenal confirm exit
- ‘Was so talented’: Arsenal fans react as player departs after 12 years a Gunner
- Report: Arsenal player could be about to join Eduardo Camavinga’s side, set to leave The Emirates on a free