Barcelona’s Brazilian goalkeeper Neto is deciding whether to join Fulham or Napoli after his heavily-trailed move to Celta Vigo fell through, according to reports from Spain.
The 33 year-old had been expected to become Rubén Blanco’s replacement at Celta, but Barcelona’s refusal to pay up the final year of his current contract due to their financial situation scuppered that deal. Celta Vigo have now moved on to other targets, according to Faro de Vigo, which leaves the Brazilian international pondering whether to ply his trade in the Premier League or Serie A.
Neto, who made his professional debut aged nineteen for Athletico Paranaense after coming through the Cruzeiro youth set up, has already spent seven years in Italy with Fiorentina and Juventus. He was largely second choice in Serie A but starred in his two years with Valencia before joining Barcelona in 2019. Neto, a silver medallist at the London 2012 Olympics, has won a single senior cap for his country and has 21 senior appearances in three seasons at the Camp Nou.
Fulham are keen to add depth to their goalkeeping resources ahead of their return to the top flight and remain in discussions with Arsenal over their wantaway German international Bernd Leno. The Whites were linked with another loan for Sergio Rico yesterday – with Marco Silva apparently unconvinced by Marek Rodak’s Premier League credentials.