Sheffield United linked with £20m Barcelona 'keeper Neto - Why that seems unlikely - Sheffield United News
Sheffield United linked with £20m Barcelona 'keeper Neto - Why that seems unlikely
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Sheffield United linked with £20m Barcelona 'keeper Neto - Why that seems unlikely

According to Spanish publication Sport, Sheffield United are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto.

The Brazilian joined Barca in the summer of 2019 from Valencia for £23m. It came shortly after Jasper Cillessen had moved the other way.

Yet apparently the Blades have now shown interest in signing the 31-year-old. The Catalans are open to selling, but want to recoup as much of their financial outlay as possible and are seeking £20m.

This is despite the fact number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen is out until November after undergoing knee surgery. However, the club has trust in youngsters Inaki Pena and Arnau Tenas as backup to Ter Stegen.

Therefore, Neto is free to leave the Camp Nou and United are said to be keen on signing him.


Why a move for Barcelona ‘keeper Neto seems unlikely

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What the report fails to mention is that the Blades have just spent £18.5m (BBC Sport) on a new stopper in Aaron Ramsdale.

Ramsdale returned to Bramall Lane from Bournemouth and looks set to become first choice between the posts.

In fact, the South Yorkshire club have only made two new new signings so far this summer and both of them are goalkeepers. Wes Foderingham has also arrived on a free transfer from Rangers.

With Simon Moore and Michael Verrips also available, they are hardly short of options in goal.

Signing Neto would be a huge surprise, as a result. Especially for £20m, when transfer funds are expected to be limited because of the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Instead, manager Chris Wilder is thought to have made signing a new striker before the new season starts his next priority. A new right wing-back and central midfielder are also believed to be on the wish-list.

What isn’t likely to happen, is the arrival of an expensive ‘keeper who will be 32 next birthday.

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