According to Diario Sport, reported Arsenal target Neto is only willing to leave Barcelona to become a first-teamer at a club playing European football.

The one-capped Brazil international is expected to leave Barca after just one year.

Neto joined the Catalans from Valencia last summer. And, a report in Superdeporte claims Valencia are keen on having him back but face competition from Arsenal.

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The Gunners are looking to bolster their goalkeeping options this summer.

Bernd Leno is the current number one at the Emirates Stadium. However, beyond the German, Arsenal lack a quality number two to push him for a place.

Emiliano Martinez currently fills that role. But the 27-year-old featured only sparingly in cup games prior to the Covid-19 suspension.



Neto is no doubt of higher quality, making three first-team appearances for Barcelona since arriving at the Nou Camp as Andre ter Stegen’s understudy.

Superdeporte claim Barcelona are seeking around £18 million for him.

But the latest reports from Diario Sport make a move to Arsenal appear unlikely.

The Gunners are sitting in ninth place in the Premier League. A spot in Europe next season isn’t guaranteed, while Leno is a capable regular number one.

Neto would occupy a similar role at Arsenal as he already does in Barcelona.

Arsenal have also been linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s Alphonse Areola (Mundo Deportivo), suggesting they prioritise another shot-stopper this summer.

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