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Report: Neto wants to leave Barcelona this winter



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As per a recent report provided by Albert Roge, on SPORT, goalkeeper Neto Murara is eyeing a move away from Barcelona in the current January transfer window. The Brazilian has played merely 14 games in two seasons since his arrival from Valencia in July 2019. Since Marc Andre Ter Stegen’s return from injury, he has once again retired to the bench.

Neto’s first season saw him make just two league appearances, and one each in the Cup and Champions League. He has featured much more this season, making six league appearances and playing three Champions League games. However, all of these have been due to Ter Stegen’s layoff following surgery to a knee injury.

Neto has naturally found himself as a deputy to Barcelona’s German number one. He was an undisputed starter at Valencia prior to a swap deal that brought him to the Camp Nou, with Jasper Cillessen going the other way. Neto will be keen on enjoying more game time, thus looking for a move way from Barça while the window is open.

However, with all the chaos surrounding the Barcelona presidential elections, handling the transfer business will be a daunting task. Earlier in January, there were rumours linking the 31-year-old to Arsenal. The Premier League outfit wanted to obtain his services on loan with an optional buyout clause. However, SPORT reported that Barcelona would only negotiate if Arsenal were to pay 21 million euros upfront.

If Neto is keen on leaving however, Barcelona may have to reduce their demands. The transfer would free up some funds and additionally, be a step up for the young La Masia keepers. Iñaki Peña will secure promotion to the first team as Ter Stegen’s backup, while Arnau Tenas takes over as Barcelona B’s first choice keeper.

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