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Barcelona respond as Arsenal target Neto requests transfer

Arsenal’s transfer target Neto is looking to leave Barcelona (Getty)

Barcelona have turned down Neto’s transfer request with the goalkeeper being targeted by Arsenal.

The Gunners are looking to sign a new goalkeeper to provide stronger competition for Bernd Leno, with summer signing Alex Runarsson failing to impress since his arrival from Dijon.

Arsenal had explored the possibility of signing Neto last summer but Barcelona would not entertain a loan deal and were holding out for an £18 million fee.

Mikel Arteta’s side have reignited their interest in the 31-year-old this month, and the Brazilian is pushing to leave Camp Nou.

But Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman says the club have denied Neto’s request to switch clubs before the end of the month.

‘If we talk about players, we talk about youngsters,’ said Koeman.

Barcelona are demanding an £18 million fee for Neto (Getty)

‘I’ve said several times for some players it could be good for them to have more minutes to improve as players.

‘Neto is a different case, it’s true his agent asked the club to move on and we said no because he’s important for us and we want to have all positions…