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Barcelona keeper Neto could be on his way to Arsenal this month

Published on: 16 January 2021

Barcelona's Brazilian goalkeeper Neto Murara is reportedly considering leaving the Catalan giants for Arsenal this month.

Neto who signed for Barca from Valencia for £23 million in the summer of 2019, is currently second choice at the Nou Camp behind Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

However, according to Mundo Deportivo the 31-year-old would only leave Catalonia for north London if he's in contention to start for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta's side are in need of another stopper to deputise for club No 1 Bernd Leno after Emiliano Martinez was sold to Aston Villa during the summer, and young Icelandic keeper Runar Alex Runarsson failed to impress in cup competitions this season.

It's believed a loan deal would suit all parties as it would allow Barcelona to lower their wage bill, whilst allowing Arsenal to strengthen their squad.

The move would also give Neto the opportunity to compete with Leno for the No 1 shirt at the Emirates.

In his first season at the Nou Camp the Brazilian stopper only clocked up five appearances in all competitions.

However, he has already made nine appearances this season, six of which have been in LaLiga.

Neto made his international debut for Brazil in 2019 in a 5-0 win over El Salvador, to date it his only appearance for his national team.

He is set to be on the bench for Saturday's Supercopa de Espana final between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's next fixture is a home game against Newcastle on Monday evening.


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