Sometimes, simply being in the right place at the right time is the key to doing good business on the transfer market.
That appeared to be the case with Liverpool and Neto earlier this week. Fiorentina had been struggling to renew the Brazilian’s contract, holding firm on their salary offer.
The 25-year-old’s Viola current deal is set to expire in the summer, and as the club’s no. 1 rightfully expected a significant raise on his current wages, around £10,000 per week.
According to sections of the Italian press, Fiorentina were willing to offer a shade under £20,000 per week, while Neto and his agents demanded upwards of £20,000 plus bonuses.
This put Liverpool in a potentially advantageous situation. On the hunt for a goalkeeper, the Reds might have scooped a quality shot stopper to compete with Simon Mignolet for a relatively small outlay.
Negotiations, at least for a moment, were said to have stalled between Neto and Fiorentina, even if he reportedly remained comfortable with staying – for the right price.
In the past few days, however, Liverpool appear to have been squeezed out of a possible bargain after being linked with the Brazilian numerous times this month.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Neto and Fiorentina are close to hammering out an agreement that will see him prolong his tenure at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.
The final remaining gap between the parties will reportedly be sorted by offering the Brazilian performance-based incentives in his new terms.
La Gazzetta maintains that Neto’s wages will be increased to around £30,000 per week – £1.58 million per year – with the renewal set to expire in 2019.
This figure is significantly higher than what Fiorentina’s initial was thought to be, so it seems that Fiorentina have relented under the pressure of possibly losing Neto for little to no compensation.
Yet the £30,000 quoted is still half of what Mignolet reportedly earns at Anfield, good value for a player who just earned his first call-up to the senior Brazil squad.
Nothing is official yet and stranger things have happened than a possible last-second incursion from Liverpool, but an opportunity seems to have passed the Reds by.
The Mersysiders for a minute looked to be in the right place at the right time, only for Fiorentina to presumably decide they want to hold on to what they have – even if it costs a bit more than expected.