Report: West Ham join Arsenal in race for unwanted Barcelona goalkeeper Neto
Barcelona are reportedly keen to offload goalkeeper Neto this summer and it is claimed by CalcioMercato that West Ham are interested in landing the Brazilian stopper – joining Arsenal and Everton in the race to sign the ex-Valencia man, who cost Barcelona a whopping £22million (SPORT) in 2019.
Neto, 31, has managed to clock up just 17 appearances for Barcelona since he swapped Valencia for the Nou Camp two years ago – with Marc-Andre ter-Stegen remaining first choice for Ronald Koeman’s side. He managed just five outings in his first season, and 12 this time around.
Seemingly happy to play second fiddle, SPORT claim that Barcelona are looking to cash in on the one-time Brazil international with Everton listed as options for the goalkeeper. Now, CalcioMercato claim West Ham have joined Arsenal in the race – though it is unclear how much he will cost.
TBR’s view – Neto would be ideal for West Ham…
But is he really a David Moyes kind of signing? West Ham do need a goalkeeper. Looking at their side right now, Lukasz Fabianski is probably the one player that you would suggest needs either competition or replacing – given he is now 36, and has probably not enjoyed his best season despite the Hammers qualifying for Europa League football.
With Barcelona likely to sell Neto for a smaller fee than the one they paid for him, West Ham would be getting a goalkeeper with plenty of experience in both Spain and Italy – having turned out for Fiorentina. A brilliant addition, and one West Ham need.
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