Arsenal have been linked with a move for Neto for some months, as the Gunners look to bring in another stopper.
With not much of a chance of being number one at Barcelona, it’s thought the Brazilian would be keen on a move, and his club would be happy to see him depart to save on wages. They’d then get a cheaper alternative who could provide cover and competition to Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
On July 27th, we covered claims from Mundo Deportivo that Arsenal had gone cold on the possible signing, and were looking at other options. Today’s edition of the same newspaper acknowledges they reported that, but now says the Gunners remain in the picture for the transfer.
Neto has ‘several options’ to leave Barcelona, with Arsenal and Villarreal the only clubs mentioned. Nothing is thought to be ‘imminent’ on a move, and the suggestion is that things can heat up as the window gets older.
Barcelona, who continue to need to raise funds, are aware that no club club will pay the €13m which is still to be amortised from Neto’s purchase price. That means Arsenal could get him for less than €13m, with the Catalans looking to get him off their wage bill.