Barcelona has officially confirmed the catch of Valencia goalkeeper Neto, who will come to the club as the new second in a 35 million euro deal.
Hours after the announcement of Jasper Cillessen's move to Valencia in an agreement set to rake for € 35 million to Barcelona, the La Liga champions have confirmed the catch of their second number in the form of Valencia's first choice goalkeeper in the 2018-19 campaign Neto.
La Liga masters quickly moved to fill the other elector's goalkeeper in the team. Interestingly, Neto is ready to cost Barcelona 35 million. €. But the structure of the transfer fees is different, with 26 million. EUR in advance and the rest is subject to activation of bonus clauses and additions.
Jasper Cillessen was in need of first team opportunities in Barcelona. Despite winning 6 trophies during his stay at Camp Nou, the Dutch international club represented only 32 times in 3 years and scored 25 goals with 1
Valencia had a brilliant La Liga campaign with Neto as the first choice goalkeeper. On average just one goal a game, Neto had 10 league clean sheets for his name and was one of the main reasons for Valencia's best four goals and secured the UEFA Champions League football for the upcoming campaign.
The move comes as a little surprise considering Neto's form in the 2018-19 campaign and his willingness to continue at the club, despite interest from clubs like Arsenal. But the Brazilian may have agreed a switch to Barcelona after the Cillessen agreement, knowing that the Dutch international was brought in to replace him as the first-choice holder.
And if Neto is set to be another elector's goalkeeper, the prospect of being so for Barcelona gives more meaning to the Brazilian compared to Valencia. Neto is not yet winning La Liga and would also like to add more trophies to his cabinet in the coming years.
Neto has agreed a four-year agreement with Barcelona and will have a purchase clause of 200 million. EUR in his contract. The Brazilian will hope to impress his new boss Ernesto Valverde in the pre-season when he joins and may get a better share of the chances of what Cillessen had during his three-year stay at the club.