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Arsenal Leading The Race to Sign FC Barcelona Shot-Stopper Amid Interest From Other Premier League Clubs

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Arsenal are considering a bid for Barcelona goalkeeper Neto who was also a prime target for Spurs this transfer window

Arsenal after confirming the signings of Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares, are looking to solidify their defence more by adding a new goalkeeper to their ranks. Following their requirements, the Barcelona shot-stopper has emerged as a prime target for the Gunners, the Brazilian keeper is second to Ter Stegen at Barca and it is reported that the player wants regular playing time. And therefore is considering a move away from Barca possibly to Premier League.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, the North London clubs Spurs and Arsenal are both interested in signing the keeper from Barcelona, but as of now Arsenal are leading the race, the player himself tried to force a move last January but a deal could not materialise between the interested clubs. Arsenal are presently looking for second keeper and their current no 1 keeper Leno could be placed on the transfer market if there is interest for the player.

Barcelona respond as Arsenal target Neto requests transfer
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Barcelona themselves are struggling to balance their wage bills, and it’s evident that many of the players will be offloaded from Camp Nou in order to offer their club captain Lionel Messi a new contract. Even though the time is right for the Gunners to kickstart things by making a good bid for the player and land him at Emirates, they will have to meet the asking price of €12 million, which has reportedly been quoted to them by the Spanish giants.

Why Neto to Arsenal Makes Sense :

Neto has only 7 appearances to his name in La Liga, which is why the player is trying to make a move away from Barcelona, however he could start for Barca in the early season as Ter Stegen is expected to stay out injured due to a knee injury, which will see him miss out at-least two months of football during start of the season.

Report states that Neto would likely prefer a move to Arsenal if offered and to be frank, he is better off at Arsenal with the present situation at Barca, however nothing is certain as of now and its all speculative. Cross town rivals Tottenham are also said to interested in the shot stopper this summer.

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Arsenal are in the process of revamping their squad and have been making moves in the transfer market, their third signing; £50m English defender Ben White, looks set to be announced next week are also being linked to players like Tammy Abraham and James Maddison. There is an air of optimism presently amongst the Arsenal supporters and they would be delighted if they add a new keeper to their team, along with the likes of Ben White and Tammy Abraham.

Surely finishing closer to the bottom ten than the league toppers and being placed 8th in the league table is a feat which Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal would not want to repeat this season or any season ever. Therefore fresh signings to rejuvenate the squad is the only way forward and the signing of Neto would be another step in the right direction.

The Brazilian brings a ton of experience and is better with the ball at his feet, which is what Arteta usually demands from his keeper. Reflecting on how Arsenal have been throughout this transfer window backed up by the financial situation at Barcelona, it would not be a surprise if Neto makes his move to Emirates this season.

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