Fulham ‘targeting free transfer for £30m Barcelona star Neto but goalkeeper keen on move to Napoli instead’ | The Sun
FULHAM are reportedly targeting £30million Barcelona star Neto – on a free transfer.
But the 33-year-old former Juventus star would prefer to return to Italy instead.
The goalkeeper joined the Catalan giants for the whopping fee from Valencia in 2019.
However, now it is understood the Nou Camp club are willing to let him leave for nothing, ripping up his contract 12 months early.
And according to Sport, Fulham want to strike a deal this week.
The Cottagers are desperate to sign a new goalkeeper this summer but have so far failed to land numerous targets including Thomas Strakosha, Alphonse Areola, Nick Pope and Bernd Leno.
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But now they may finally be ready to secure a shot-stopper ahead of their Premier League return against Liverpool on August 6.
They have already brought Joao Palhinha, Kristian Sekularac, Callum McFarlane and Andreas Pereira in since winning the Championship.
However, Marco Silva could be left disappointed if Neto gets his first-choice move.
The report adds the one-cap Brazil goalkeeper has his heart set on heading back to Serie A.
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He spent six-and-a-half seasons with Fiorentina and Juventus combined.
And it is reported Neto wants to join Napoli instead of Fulham.
He was previously linked to Arsenal earlier in the summer, too, but Leno's situation and Matt Turner's arrival ruled that out.
Neto has played just 21 times for Barcelona in three seasons – including just 12 in LaLiga.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen is the undisputed No1.
And Xavi's belief that Neto's future lies away from the Nou Camp was further emphasised by leaving him out of the pre-season trip to the United States.
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