The role Kia Joorabchian can play in Arsenal’s fourth summer transfer as Edu eyes Barcelona man

Arsenal are still determined to bring in a new back-up goalkeeper before the summer transfer window closes at the end of August.

football.londonlearned late on Wednesday evening that the Gunners ‘ proposed deal to bring in Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United had collapsed after the two clubs failed to agree on a fee.

Arsenal had switched their attention to Ramsdale to fit their homegrown quota, but a fee proved to be the stumbling block in securing a deal.

Now, Gunners chief Edu is tasked with finding a new shot-stopper to compete with and support Bernd Leno in the upcoming 2021/22 season.

According to The Athletic, Arsenal have shown interest in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto, who is out of favour with the La Liga giants due to Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s presence in goal.

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Also, Edu’s relationship with Neto’s agent Kia Joorabchian could prove to be a secret weapon in negotiating a deal for the Brazilian goalkeeper.

Arsenal have previously negotiated with Joorabchian for the signings of David Luiz, Willian and Cedric Soares, and Edu and the high-profile agent are said to have a ‘close relationship’, which could speed talks up.

As well as this, Arsenal have closely analysed Neto recently and there is a feeling he could be the ‘sensible option’ for the goalkeeping problem at the Emirates Stadium.



Barcelona goalkeeper Neto has been linked with a move to Arsenal
Barcelona goalkeeper Neto has been linked with a move to Arsenal

Leno, who is currently the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeeper, has also been linked with a move away from north London, which makes the club’s pursuit of a new shot-stopper even more urgent.

The 29-year-old German has recently entered the final two years of his contract at the Emirates and has admitted he is “open to everything”.

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Asked in April if talks over a new deal had begun, Leno replied: “No, not yet and I think at the moment it is not the time to speak about the future.

“I know that I have still two years contract left. I am also 29, I think for a goalkeeper this is not too old. So I still have some years to go.

“I am very happy at the club, I don’t know what will come in the future. But I am open to everything. Maybe for a new adventure or to stay at Arsenal.

“Like I said, at the moment I don’t think about my future because two years is still a long time. At the moment there are no conversations with the club or something else.”

Source by Football London

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