Valencia Stopper Eyed Up By Gunners
Arsenal have put in a bid to sign Valencia keeper Norberto Murara. However, the 29-year-old Brazilian isn’t satisfied with the wages on offer from the Gunners.
Murara is being seen as understudy to Bernd Leno who arrived at the Emirates last summer. But Petr Cech will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of June while David Ospina is currently out on loan at Napoli and is expected to be sold when his loan spell ends.
That leaves Arsenal looking for a second-choice keeper, Coach Unai Emery is known to be an admirer of Neto, as Murara is known. The 29-year-old has nailed down the number 1 shirt at Valencia since arriving from Juventus in a deal worth £5.5 million in the summer of 2017. He has played in 67 of Los Che’s 76 La Liga games over the past two years having made only 11 Serie A appearances for Juventus during his two seasons at the club.
The Valencia-based newspaper Plaza Deportiva claims there has been contact between Arsenal and Neto but not necessarily between the two clubs.
However, Valencia need to raise €42 million in transfer fees between now and their financial year-end on 30 June in order to avoid making losses under Financial Fair Play. Neto is one of their most saleable assets and has a release clause of €80 million in a contract that runs to 2021.
But Neto comes highly recommended and his stats speak for themselves. He conceded just 34 goals in 34 La Liga games in a season that saw Valencia finish in the Champions League spots. Only Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak had a better record.
All of which suggests that Neto is being seen as serious competition for Leno rather than someone brought in to just warm the bench.
Neto turns 30 in July and that’s the age where Arsenal tend to lose interest in a player. But keepers have a longer shelf life and Cech was 33 when he signed for the Gunners.
Expect Arsenal to come back with a higher offer.