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Arsenal ‘ask Barcelona about transfer for Neto’ amid Leno injury but may have to give up Aubameyang to land him

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ARSENAL are interested in signing Barcelona goalkeeper Neto after Bernd Leno’s horror injury at Brighton on Saturday, according to reports.

And while the LaLiga giants are not thrilled by the prospect of losing their dependable back-up stopper… their pursuit of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could offer them a nice incentive.

Neto featured against the Gunners for former club Valencia
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Barcelona are still interested in Arsenal skipper Aubameyang
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Quique Setien’s side have their hearts set on making a move for Inter Milan goal-getter Lautaro Martinez this summer.

But should they fail to land the Argentine, Aubameyang, 31, is the next name on their list.

With Leno set to be out for as many as six months after his unfortunate landing following a collision with Neal Maupay, the Gunners would be keen to sign Neto on loan with an option to buy.

According to Sport, however, Barca want £18million for their No2 ‘keeper – although their interest in Aubameyang could “ease the deal”.

The 30-year-old, who only signed for the Catalan side from Valencia last summer, is represented by agent Kia Joorabchian – who is believed to have good ties with the Gunners.

Since joining, the Brazilian has made four appearances for the Blaugrana, acting as deputy for established No1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The Gunners are still reeling from the loss of Leno – with Emiliano Martinez set to deputise between the sticks for Mikel Arteta’s men for the remainder of the campaign.

Leno’s team-mates were furious with Maupay’s role in the incident, with Matteo Guendouzi’s temper flaring towards the end of the match.

The Seagulls’ French striker apologised for the incident and insisted it was purely accidental after the match, however, while also delivering some home truths to Gunners stars.

He told BT Sport: “Some of Arsenal’s players need to learn humility, maybe sometimes.

Leno was left writhing in agony on Saturday
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“They have been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up. They got what they deserved.”

On the injury incident itself, he continued: “I just went for the ball, I am that type of player. I don’t want to stop until the referee blows the whistle. I never meant the injury.

“I apologised at half-time to their staff and their manager. [Mikel Arteta] told me it is football, he saw the video and he knows I did not mean to hurt him. I wish him a speedy recovery.”


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