Barcelona prepared to cash in on Arsenal summer transfer target

Arsenal target, Neto will be allowed to leave Barcelona at the end of this season after he was denied a winter move.

The Brazilian has told the Spanish side that he wants to start playing regularly and has to leave Camp Nou to achieve that.

The Catalans refused to allow him to leave in the January transfer window because they didn’t have enough cover for him.

He will now look to find a new team at the end of the season.

Marca says Barcelona will be open to a summer move for him, but his suitors have to pay 15m euros before they can get their man.

Mundo Deportivo reported last month that Arsenal was interested in signing him after becoming frustrated by the performance of Alex Runarsson.

The Gunners eventually signed Mat Ryan from Brighton, but the Australian is only at the Emirates on loan.

If Arsenal chooses not to keep him beyond this season, then they would have to look for a new goalie, making Neto probably a target again.

The Brazilian has played 6 La Liga games and 3 more matches in the Champions League this season.

But he wants to be more involved and can only get that away from Barca.

At Arsenal, he would also have to deal with competition from Bernd Leno, but he would get some motivation from Emi Martinez’s rise to first choice last season.

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  1. Dan kit says:

    I would be more than happy if we sign Matt Ryan but like Martinez I would imagine at his age he would want to be a first choice keeper .
    I cannot see Leno being displaced for the foreseeable if I’m honest as for me I rate him the best keeper in the league hands down and Arteta looks to agree regarding him as our main keeper .
    Regarding Neto I have no knowledge of his skills but I doubt he is in the same league as Leno .

    1. ken1945 says:

      What the article also omitted Da, was the fact that it took Martinez years to get to the point where he was worth the reported £20,000000 Villa paid for him.
      In Ryan, we have a proven PL keeper, an Arsenal fan and someone who becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
      He would save us about £13,500,000 over Neto, who, like you, I have no knowledge off.

      1. siamois says:

        You’re spot on this rumour is a no starter now Ryan being a free agent at the end of the season ,younger with PL experience,an Arsenal fan pretty good back up who will challenge and keep Leno on his toes,will be completely settled it’s a no brainer thats 2 GK’s positions sorted for next season!

  2. ken1945 says:

    Sorry, Dan!!!!

  3. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

    Signing him shall depend on qualifying to European competitions. He won’t come cheap ( 15M) he is not too young or too old, he is too good to play only in cups.

  4. McLovin says:

    Prefer Ryan over Neto. Besides, there will be few decent GK’s up for free in the summer (Dmitrovic, Silva..).

  5. Joe. S says:

    Neto a waste of money. Ryan is occasionally gaff prone, but can also be one of the best shop stoppers around. As a back up he will be fine. The club should focus recourses on other positions. This whole Neto rumour sounds like another of Edu’s scams.

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