Barcelona have confirmed that Valencia ‘keeper Neto has joined the club in a release on their social media handles.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 27, 2019
Neto, 29, arrives from fellow La Liga side Valencia for whom he made 47 appearances in 2018/19, keeping 14 clean sheets and conceding 47 goals. The player is the club’s second summer signing after Frenkie de Jong.
He is presumed to serve as the understudy to first choice ‘keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen going forward.
Reports suggest that the deal was agreed in principle as a swap deal which has seen Jasper Cillessen leave the club and head the other way. However, both the deals were conducted separately with a price tag of around €30 million assigned to each ‘keeper in order to aid Barcelona’s FFP efforts.
Neto has also played for clubs like Juventus, Fiorentina and Athletico Paranaense.
Barcelona are also looking to offload the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Malcom and Ivan Rakitic during the transfer window. Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt was touted as one of the high profile incoming transfers likely to happen but the player seems poised to join Juventus after latest developments.
However, a touted move for PSG’s Neymar gathers steam as the flamboyant Brazilian has expressed his desire to return to Nou Camp and is even willing to take a pay cut to make the move happen.