According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona goalkeeper Neto is only interested in a move to Arsenal if he is guaranteed playing time.
Reports in recent days have suggested that Mikel Arteta’s side will be willing to let summer signing Alex Runarsson leave the club on loan if they can bring in a replacement for him.
Now, Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim that while Neto would be an ideal option for them, the Brazilian himself would only be interested in making the switch to the Premier League giants if they can make some assurances over how much he will play.
The report adds that he would only leave Barcelona if he is guaranteed the starting spot at Arsenal, with the Gunners only willing to promise that he will challenge Bernd Leno for that number one role.
Whilst securing a better number two goalkeeper for Arteta will be something that will make him relieved, Neto’s demands are wholly unrealistic, and would surely leave the Gunners boss tearing his hair out.
The Spaniard is trying to build a culture of working hard and having no passengers or prima donnas in the squad – you only have to look at how the likes of Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi have been side-lined under his leadership.
If Neto is trying to get guarantees of starting for the Gunners before he’s even proven himself, then it really does raise some major questions about his willingness to play and compete for the north Londoners.
A position in the side should be earned on merit, not simply handed out to players. It’s exactly why Edu would be making a foolish mistake by acquiescing to the £65k-a-week ace’s demands, and why Arteta will be fuming if he did.