Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto as a back-up- to Bernd Leno, as reported by Dharmesh Seth on the Transfer Talk on Sky Sports (13/01/21 at 5:05 pm).
The Sky Sports reporter added that Neto was valued at ‘£18 million’ in the summer when Arsenal were keen to bring him in before they turned their attention to Alex Runarsson.
But it seems as though those in the North London boardroom are already looking to replace Runarsson, with Barcelona’s back-up man as a potential replacement.
This is what Sheth had to say about Arsenal’s goalkeeping situation and that interest in Neto.
“They are looking at a number of goalkeepers in and around Europe to see if they can bring someone in, including we have been told today, Barcelona’s Neto,” said Sheth.
“Now, Barcelona valued Neto at £18 million in the summer when there was reported interest in Arsenal even back then. And it doesn’t seem at this stage that Barcelona would want to sell.
“But Arsenal are very much keeping their eyes open to sort out that goalkeeping department if they can bring in someone to challenge Bernd Leno, more than what they feel Alex Runarsson is, at the moment.”
Arsenal will be praying that Leno can stay away from the treatment room because losing him, at this moment in time, could prove to be a disaster.
Runarsson may never don the Arsenal gloves again, that’s how bad his last performances against Manchester City was, but one thing is for sure, he’s not ready yet.
It would be a surprise if Arsenal put more than £10 million on the table for a goalkeeper this month given that his purpose will be to serve as a back-up to Leno.
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