Barcelona goalkeeper Neto Murara has reportedly been offered to Serie A giants Napoli, who have lost David Ospina this summer.
According to SPORT, Napoli have been offered the chance to sign out-of-favour Barcelona goalkeeper Neto Murara in the ongoing summer transfer window.
Neto has been with Barcelona since 2019, when he joined from fellow La Liga club Valencia. However, the Brazilian international, who turned 33 on Tuesday, has spent his entire stint in Catalonia under the shadows of first-choice shot-stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Having struggled for game-time, the goalkeeper has been pushing for an exit for quite some time now.
A move to Celta Vigo had been touted this summer, with Barcelona even being ready to hand him a letter of freedom and let him leave on a free transfer. However, Neto could not come to an agreement with the Galician outfit over his contract, leading to the transfer falling through.
Now, though, another opportunity has presented itself for the Brazilian, with Napoli being offered a chance to sign the 33-year-old goalkeeper. The Partenopei are in the market for a new custodian after losing David Ospina, who has signed for Al-Nassr this summer, leaving a position on Luciano Spalletti’s roster.
Napoli are thus looking at options to bring in a new competitor for Alex Meret. They are looking at several potential replacements, including Paris Saint-Germain’s Keylor Navas and Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Italian giants have now been offered an opportunity to sign Neto from Barcelona.
The 33-year-old goalkeeper is familiar with the Italian league, having previously spent time with Fiorentina and Juventus. Considering that Barcelona are open to letting him leave on a free transfer, he could be a financially viable option for Napoli to look at as a replacement for Ospina.
The only issue, though, would be that Neto is keen on joining a team where he can play regularly. And with Alex Meret ahead of him in the pecking order at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, there are no assurances that he will get a chance to play more than what he did at Camp Nou. So, it remains to be seen if a move materialises. What’s certain is that Neto does not have a future at Barcelona.