Arsenal are interested in Valencia’s Neto this summer, and they’re offering a substantial wage increase for the goalkeeper that his current club can’t match.
Spanish outlet AS report that Arsenal are one of Neto’s suitors this summer, though they add that the Gunners aren’t the only ones after the goalkeeper. Arsenal are offering a substantial improvement in the 29-year-old’s contract to join and compete with Bernd Leno following Petr Cech’s retirement.
Valencia Director General and Spokesman Mateu Alemany has seemingly confirmed that the club won’t be able to compete with that kind of offer this summer.
When asked about Neto’s future, Alemany responded (via AS): “We are very happy with him. Our obligation is to be attentive to the market and listen to the player, his agent and from there defend the interests of Valencia. We have the salary limits that we have and we have to be attentive to the market.”
Neto played 34 La Liga games this season, keeping 10 clean sheets and conceding an average of one goal per game.
He also played in eight Europa League games, conceding 10 goals, seven of which were scored by Arsenal. It’s relatively surprising he’s ended up on the Gunners’ shortlist despite that tie, but on their day Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can make most goalkeepers look bad.