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Official: Barcelona sign Valencia keeper Neto

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Barcelona have confirmed their capture of goalkeeper Neto from fellow La Liga side Valencia in a €26m deal.

Just hours after selling keeper Jasper Cillessen to Valencia, Barcelona have effectively completed a trade deal upon signing Los Che’s number one Neto.

The 29-year-old will cost them an initial €26m, which could eventually rise to another €9m in add-ons. Although, given that Neto is a proven La Liga performer, it could prove to be a sharp decision.

Therefore, Barcelona have signed him up on a contract until June 2023 in what will likely see him provide first-choice keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen cover in a similar role to that of Cillessen’s.

“FC Barcelona and Valencia CF have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Norberto Murara Neto,” read a club statement.

“The cost of the transaction will be €26m plus 9m in add-ons.”

Neto has played for three different clubs in Europe since completing a €3.50m transfer from Club Athletico Paranaense to Fiorentina in 2011.

The one-time Brazil international’s impressive performances during his four years in Florence captured the attention of Juventus, who signed him on a free transfer.

But Neto was unable to provide Gianluigi Buffon much competition between the sticks in Turin and eventually departed for Valencia in 2017.

Neto has since kept 24 clean sheets in a total of 80 appearances for Valencia in the past two seasons. He’s strong displays at the Mestalla, in fact, even convinced Brazil boss Tite to hand him his international debut in a 5-0 friendly win over El Salvador in September 2018.

Now, Neto’s next challenge will be on doing what his Valencia successor Cillessen could not in taking the Barcelona number one jersey off Ter Stegen.

Although the Germany international is at the top of his game and will likely remain Ernesto Valverde’s first-choice for Barcelona next season.

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