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Neto set to leave Fiorentina

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Fiorentina will be losing goalkeeper Neto in the Summer after his agent has revealed that he will be leaving the club at the end of this season.

The Brazilian has been at the club since 2011, going on to make 63 Serie A appearances, but it has been confirmed earlier today by his agent that a transfer away is likely to take place in the Summer.

The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from La Viola in recent months, and it was widely reported that he would leave in January, but the Italian club wanted to keep hold of him and refused to part ways halfway through a season.

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Juve considering swoop

However, with the player still keen on moving to a bigger club, they are now preparing to lose him at the end of the season and are now accepting that he will be off.

Neto's agent Stefano Castagna has recently given an interview to Gazzetta TV and he admitted that his client will seek a transfer away as soon as possible during the pre-season and they have been weighing up possible options since the beginning of February.

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Agent speaks out

According to numerous reports, Serie A champions Juventus are leading the race to sign Neto, as they search for a potential long-term replacement for 37-year-old Gianluigi Buffon, but according to Castagna, Liverpool are firmly in the race to sign the shot-stopper.

He told Gazzetta TV: "The only thing that is official is that Neto will not be staying in Florence.

"Since Feb. 1, when it became possible to talk to other clubs, we've been evaluating offers that are interesting for the lad, in England, Germany and Spain in addition to Italy.

"One of those in England is Liverpool, and then there is a top Spanish club interested in him. Right now, the lad has to make a well pondered decision for his career.

"He's young and he's grown a great deal, but even when he was 18 he was one of the best in Brazil."

Liverpool Interest

Liverpool have been admirers of Neto since the beginning of the season as they were thought to be interested in replacing Simon Mignolet who was struggling for form and making high-profile errors.

Since then, Mignolet has been re-called to the first-team and is showing signs of his former-self, but according to reports, Brendan Rodgers is still keen on signing a new 'keeper as suitable competition as he doesn't see Brad Jones as a genuine option for the number-one role.

No Loan

Some reports had suggested that Juve would complete a permanent signing of Neto over the Summer before sending him out on loan for the following season, but Castagna has stated that they would reject that offer.

"We would say no, clearly," he added. "He's playing regularly now and has plenty of objectives with Fiorentina, with the cups and the league. Then we'll see what decision we will take.

"If you decide to join a top club then it's obvious you're competing with other good goalkeepers, but if you join one of the top 10 clubs in Europe, then it's an opportunity you've obviously got to fight for."

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