La Liga expert: Arsenal could land 'exceptional' Neto from Barcelona for bargain fee after update
Arsenal could seal the signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Neto for a bargain price this summer.
That is the view of former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell, who delivered weekly punditry for La Liga TV last season, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 31-year-old’s future at the Nou Camp.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (5th July), Mikel Arteta’s side have reignited their pursuit of Neto having failed to acquire his services in January.
It comes amid growing uncertainty over the future of Arsenal’s current number one Bernd Leno, who has two years remaining on his contract at the Emirates.
Interestingly, Goal reported on July 5th that Barcelona desperately need to offload players to make room on their wage bill.
The Spanish giants are said to currently exceed La Liga’s salary limit by £170million which is currently preventing them from registering Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero, Eric Garcia or Emerson Royal.
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When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if Arsenal could exploit Barca’s situation, Campbell said: “100 per cent, now is the time.
“If you ever want to pick the carcass of Barcelona it is now. This is the chance.
“They have got to do deals and lower their wage bill. They have to get players out before the transfer window shuts.
“I don’t even think they can be bullish about transfer fees. They will take what they can get I think. A decent offer will force their hand because they have to balance their books.
“Neto is a decent keeper. He is exceptional with his feet and I think that is where Leno struggles at times. Neto is a decent keeper but he is not a world-class goalkeeper.”