Arsenal started negotiations with 30-year-old La Liga goalkeeper
Gunners are in talks with Blaugrana over a deal to sign their second-choice shot-stopper Neto, according to reports in Spain. Arsenal are in the market to sign cover for Bernd Leno, who could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a severe knee injury in Gunners 2-1 defeat to Brighton on the weekend.
Mikel Arteta currently has Emiliano Martinez has a back-up option, but Gunners are reportedly arranging alternative short-term cover for Leno, who is expected to miss the remainder of the PL season. The Gunners have now opened talks with Barcelona over a possible deal for Neto and are keen to sign the goalkeeper on loan with an option to buy.
The Catalan giants, however, are not willing to accept those terms and are demanding a €20m transfer fee for the Brazilian shot-stopper. Barcelona signed Neto from Valencia for an initial €26m fee last June plus €9m in add-ons.
But the 30-year-old shot-stopper is behind Marc-Andre Ter Stegen in the pecking order at Barcelona and has played only four games in all tournaments this campaign. Neto has also played for Fiorentina and Juventus before joining Valencia in 2017.
Gunners have also been linked with a move for Claudio Bravo, who worked alongside Mikel Arteta during their time together at Man City. Gabon international challenged the club to prove to him that staying on with the London club is this right move for him at this stage in his career.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton on the weekend has left them tenth in the Premier League and 11 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Mikel Arteta’s side face a trip to Southampton on Thursday.