Arsenal have made contact with Valencia goalkeeper Norberto Neto, according to Plaza Deportivo, but the Brazilian is unconvinced about a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Unai Emery’s side will need a new shot-stopper this summer with veteran Petr Cech set to retire after the Europa League final against Chelsea next week. And reports from Spain suggest that Emery could look to raid his former employers to bring Neto to North London.
The 29-year-old shot-stopper joined Valencia from Juventus in 2017 and has established himself as one of the finest stoppers in Spanish football, even earning his first and only cap for the Brazilian national team in 2018.
And, according to Plaza Deportivo, Arsenal have made an enquiry to discover whether Neto would be keen on a move to the English capital – despite the fact that he has a £72 million release clause in a contract that runs until 2021.
The report adds, however, that the one-time Fiorentina talisman is not convinced by the chance to join Arsenal. With Bernd Leno clearly Arsenal’s number one for years to come, Neto is perhaps wary about joining a club where he would spend most of his time on the bench, having previously failed to dislodge Gianlugi Buffon at Juventus.
Interestingly, Neto played against Arsenal last month but he made a number of mistakes as Valencia crashed out of the Europa League in the semi-finals, losing 7-3 over two legs.
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