Juventus’ current second-choice goalkeeper Neto’s reported refusal to join Watford is the reason why they are yet to make an improved offer for Wojciech Szczesny.

That is according to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, who claim that Neto is eager for a move elsewhere as he’s keen to experience regular first-team minutes once again.

Neto, 27, only made 14 appearances (all comps) last season as Gianluigi Buffon played the bulk of Juve’s fixtures. He was a first-team regular during the latter stages of his spell with fellow Serie A side Fiorentina before completing a free transfer to Juve on a four-year deal two seasons ago.

However the club are keen to use the money from his sale to increase their bid for Wojciech Szczesny, whose future at Arsenal is still uncertain.

Premier League side Watford and La Liga club Valencia have both made offers, though the Hornets’ bid of €9m is €3m higher in comparison and the Serie A champions are reluctant to lose potential profit where possible.

Neto is eyeing a move to Valencia instead of England’s top-flight and this delay could prove costly in their attempts to encourage Szczesny into an Italian return for the forthcoming campaign and beyond.