Brazilian Goalkeeper, Neto Completes £23m Move From Valencia
Barcelona have completed the signing of Brazilian shot-stopper Neto from Valencia for an initial 26m euros (£23.3m), plus 9m euros in add-ons.
The goalkeeper penned a four year deal with the La Liga champions as a direct replacement for Jasper Cillessen who joined Valencia for 35m euros on Wednesday.
The deal will keep the 29-year-old at Barcelona until the end of the 2022-23 season.
A buyout clause has been set at 200m euros (£179m).
“The Brazilian goalkeeper has a large presence between the sticks,” Barcelona said in a statement on their club website.
“His height, at almost two metres, combined with his agility, make Neto a goalkeeper who gives strikers very little net to shoot at.”
He made 47 appearances for Valencia in all competitions last season, keeping 10 clean sheets in La Liga to help them finish fourth and qualify for the Champions League.
Neto will compete with Ter Stegen for minutes, although the German is still expected to retain his place in the starting lineup. In his five years with the club, he has racked up 190 appearances, establishing himself as one of the world’s top goalkeepers.