Arsenal could be in line for a major transfer boost, with Barcelona goalkeeper, Neto, said to have handed in a request to leave the Catalan giants.
Per Sport in Spain, the stopper has apparently asked to be able to leave Barcelona, after struggling for any sort of game time. Neto’s move comes just a day after reports from the Sun in England claimed Arsenal were monitoring him again.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is said to be keen on signing a second goalkeeper, with doubts over the capabilities of Alex Runarsson and still no viable replacement brought in for Emi Martinez.
Neto was a big money signing for Barca from Valencia and has a reported (BBC) release clause of £179m. But has sat behind Marc Ter Stegen during his time with the club. He did, however, start the opening games of this season as Ter Stegen recovered from injury.
Arsenal, then, will be boosted in the knowledge he has asked for a move, albeit he might find himself in the same scenario behind Bernd Leno at The Emirates.
TBR View: Arsenal need a solid back-up, Neto would be ideal for now
If the goalkeeper is willing to come and sit on the bench again, then Neto would be a shrewd signing. He’s more than capable, and has experience too.
The Gunners might be able to offer him Europa League and cup football, which could well be more than he is going to get in Spain.
Mikel Arteta needs someone to push Leno for his own sake really. Bringing in Neto, who reportedly commands around £65k-a-week at Nou Camp, might be a smart idea.