Transfer Focus: Arsenal “best placed” to sign Valencia goalkeeper Neto

According to a report from Deporte Valenciano, Unai Emery’s Arsenal are “best placed” to sign Valencia goalkeeper Neto Murara this summer transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Unexpectedly, the article claims that Neto has been told he can leave the club during the window and the Gunners are leading the race for his signature as the shot-stopper could well end up in the Premier League.

The 29-year-old arrived at Valencia from Juventus in the summer of 2017, and has established himself as the clear number one.

Before that, the ‘keeper had plied his trade in his homeland prior to his big move to Europe with Fiorentina. At 6 ft 3, Neto is an absolute giant between the sticks, capped by both the Brazilian national team and Olympic side.

He has just under two years left on his current contract with Valencia.

Transfer would be a crazy move

As good as Neto is and as exciting as it would be to see him showcase his talents in the Premier League and at the Emirates Stadium, a transfer here would be a crazy move and one the Gunners must steer clear of.

It has been reported that the north Londoners will only have £40m to spend in the summer, so why on earth would they waste it on a goalkeeper with the options they currently have?

Yes, the Gunners have lost Petr Cech to retirement, but if you look at their squad there really isn’t the need to sign a replacement. Instead, just promote one of the current players to second choice.

Not counting David Ospina, who will be returning to the club from his season-long loan at Napoli in the coming weeks, Emery is in possession of no fewer than four ‘keepers in their present ranks.

Number one Bernd Leno, Emiliano Martinez, Matt Macey, the list goes on and they’re all over the age of 24. The Gunners would be much better off spending their timid transfer kitty on strengthening other areas in the next couple of months.