Arsenal target Neto hands in transfer request to force through January move

Norberto Murara Neto of FC Barcelona during the Training Session prior to the SuperCup First Semifinal at Estadio Nuevo Arcangel on January 12, 2021 in Cordoba, Spain.
Neto is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Barcelona goalkeeper Neto has handed in a transfer request as he looks to force through a January move.

Neto is wanted by Arsenal – who are looking to offload Icelandic flop Alex Runarsson this month – to provide competition to Bernd Leno.

Arsenal let Emiliano Martinez join Aston Villa this summer but Runarsson has not replaced the Argentina goalkeeper adequately.

His most telling contributions to date were a string of clangers in Arsenal’s Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City.

Arsenal are therefore seeking out a replacement in the January transfer window and think Neto is a good fit.

The 31-year-old is also keen to move on having played just 14 games in the past two seasons.

Bernd Leno of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium on January 14, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around England remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
Leno could face fresh competition (Picture: Getty Images)

And he has now handed in a transfer request in order to seek more game time, according to Sport.

The Brazilian goalkeeper could arrive at the Emirates on loan to help Barcelona lower their wage bill while he assesses if he can break past Leno and into the first team.

Barcelona were initially looking at loaning out Inaki Pena but are now considering letting Neto leave and promoting him to back up for Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

Arnau Tenas would then act as third-choice goalkeeper, while still representing Barca B.

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