This summer looks like it’s going to be massive for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s side find themselves in 10th place in the Premier League with just eight matches left of the season.
What started is a bad patch under Unai Emery has resulted in the start of a new era for the Gunners.
Several high profile stars could be moving on this summer as Arteta looks to build a squad of players who are capable of pushing for the top six next term.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette, David Luiz and Mesut Ozil have all been linked with an exit, and that means that there’s likely to be work needed to give the Spaniard the sort of squad that he needs.
Several players have already been linked, but one seems to be a move that could be particularly exciting.
According to Spanish publication Sport, Arsenal are in talks with Barcelona over a move for Neto.
The goalkeeper is currently second choice at the Camp Nou, and could be open to a move this summer.
The Gunners are looking to bolster that position following an injury to Bernd Leno and uncertainty over Emi Martinez’s future.
It’s thought that the North London side are pushing for a deal that would involve a season-long loan agreement with an option to buy.
However the Spanish giants want a permanent departure with a fee of around £18.6million.
That would represent a loss on the £31million deal to sign him from Valencia last summer.
GIVEMESPORT’S Phil Spencer says…
This could be one to watch for Arsenal this summer.
Strengthening the squad is clearly a priority for Mikel Arteta’s side and so it’s encouraging to see the club making some early moves in the transfer market.
That said, I’m not sure that this one should be a priority.
With Bernd Leno the undisputed first choice stopper at the Emirates Stadium, it seems strange to be signing another senior option between the sticks.
That is, of course, unless Leno has plans to move on.
Otherwise it seems more sensible to reserve the limited funds that the club do have to strengthen in other areas of the pitch.
Central defence, central midfield and the wings are all areas that need addressing, and that means that spending nearly £20million on a goalkeeper wouldn’t be the best use of funds.
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