Arsenal could now turn to Newcastle’s Freddie Woodman as they continue their search for a goalkeeper to provide competition to Bernd Leno.
The Gunners were linked with a move for Aaron Ramsdale of Sheffield United, but talks between the two clubs ended after they were unable to agree a valuation.
There has been speculation that they could take advantage of the financial turmoil at Barcelona by making a cut-price bid for Brazilian Neto, but Woodman has emerged as an alternative.
Woodman was originally discussed as part of a deal for Joe Willock, but, in the end, the North London club only wanted cash for the midfielder, which Newcastle finally agreed to pay.
The former England under-21 keeper has the advantage for Arsenal in that he is home grown, as they need to reach their quota by the time that Premier League squads have to be finalised.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.