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Barcelona veteran closing in on transfer, needs to give up €1m salary to complete move

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Neto was one of the five first-team members that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez decided to exclude from the squad that travelled to the United States for the pre-season tour.

The 32-year-old is among the quintet of players who have been told to leave the club this summer, along with Martin Braithwaite, Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig and Samuel Umtiti.

And, as reported by SPORT, Neto is on the verge of securing an exit from Barcelona, with a transfer to La Liga rivals Celta Vigo close to completion.

The 32-year-old veteran goalkeeper has been with the Blaugrana since three years when he arrived from Valencia as part of a deal that saw Jasper Cillessen move the other way. But he has never gotten a proper run in the side due to the presence of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Having entered the final year of his contract, an exit from Camp Nou always looked like a solid possibility for the Brazilian international.

And now, it is being claimed that Neto is edging closer towards a transfer to Barça’s fellow La Liga club Celta Vigo, potentially on a free transfer after his contract is terminated, or even a loan deal.

The report states that the Blaugrana are working with the player and the Galician outfit to finalise the transfer at the earliest possible.

The idea is for Barcelona to get his massive wages off the books, but Celta Vigo are also not in a position to pay his entire salary as well. Neto has also been asked to give up €1 million from his salary, documents for which have been drafted.

However, the Brazilian is yet to agree to the reduction. Celta are in a hurry to finalise the transfer as they are without a first-choice goalkeeper and wish to bring in Neto. They are also looking at other options from Italy and England, but the Barcelona veteran remains the priority.

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