Price concern for Arsenal as Arteta orders enquiry into Barcelona raid

Arsenal have begun looking into the possibility of signing back-up Barcelona goalkeeper Neto in the upcoming transfer window, according to reports.

The 30-year-old moved to the Catalan giants from Valencia last summer and has made four appearances in all competitions while acting as deputy for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

However, according to the Daily Express, Neto has been told by Barca that he is surplus to requirements at Camp Nou and has therefore been placed on the club’s transfer list. The news comes as La Liga looks set to get underway again by mid-June.

The newspaper claims that Arsenal have registered initial interest in the Brazilian as boss Mikel Arteta looks to shore up his options between the sticks.

Arsenal have struggled in most departments this term after a turbulent campaign, but first-choice stopper Bernd Leno has performed admirably.

And while second-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has stood in well with 11 appearances this season, it is claimed that Arteta wants Neto as “higher-class” back-up to Leno.

Arsenal are expected to cut down on spending amid the uncertainties surrounding clubs across Europe following the shutdown of football since March.


Therefore, the Gunners could be priced out of a move given that Chelsea, Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, Real Betis and AC Milan have all reportedly registered initial interest in the goalkeeper.

Chelsea are said to want a new goalkeeper and have put Neto on their list of targets, but the Blues could instead move for Ajax’s Andre Onana, allowing the Dutch side to move for Neto instead.

In other news, former Arsenal boss Unai Emery has revealed that he was intent on signing Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha last summer, instead of Nicolas Pepe.

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