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Everton linked with Neto transfer move

With 15 games played so far in the Premier League this season, Everton have a rather mixed bag of results with five wins, three draws and seven defeats.

In those games, the Toffees have conceded 25 goals, leaving only Watford, Newcastle United and Norwich City having let in more this season.

Taking this into account, it seems as though the Merseyside club could have the chance to sign someone in the upcoming January transfer window to help stem the worrying concession of so many goals.

What’s the news?

In a recent report from Sport (via Sport Witness), Spanish club Barcelona are considering letting Neto leave in January, with the goalkeeper weighing up the possibility of joining Everton.

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With a total of 258 appearances under his belt throughout his career at clubs such as Fiorentina, Juventus, Valencia and Athletico Paranaense as well as Barcelona, the 32-year-old has kept 91 clean sheets in those games.

Even though Neto has a lot of top-level experience, if he does join Everton in January and potentially supplant first-choice goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, this could possibly cause more upset in the squad in the same way that there has apparently been rancour between Rafa Benitez and Everton full-back Lucas Digne, should the England number one react badly to potentially being dropped.

In addition, with Everton already having Asmir Begovic and Andy Lonergan in their squad as backup options to Pickford, it’s not as if they are in any great need to add another shot-stopper to their ranks at the moment.

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Taking all of this into account, whether or not Neto – who has previously been described as “brilliant” by his former Valencia manager Marcelino – wants to join Everton, it may not be worth the Merseyside club adding him to their wage bill if he isn’t going to play regularly or could risk further discontent in the squad if he replaces Pickford and duly puts his noise out of joint.

Moving forward, with Digne potentially leaving Goodison Park in January as a result of his apparent falling out with Benitez, and centre-back Yerry Mina having struggled with injuries this season, perhaps the club should be looking at signing some defenders in January rather than another goalkeeper if they want to tighten up at the back.

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