Everton are now likely to sign Neto this summer, which may in turn spark an exit for Jordan Pickford.
The Lowdown: Pickford doubts
With no clean sheet in the Premier League since November, there have been question marks raised over Pickford and his defence.
Jamie Carragher called them a ‘Championship back four‘ after their 5-0 loss away at Tottenham Hotspur, while there is a debate over whether Pickford should lose his starting spot in the England national team to Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Nonetheless, it seems as if the Goodison Park faithful may look to bring in a new man in between the sticks for next season.
The Latest: Neto likely
As per Spanish outlet Sport, the English top flight is now the ‘most likely’ destination for FC Barcelona shot-stopper Neto, and his agents have a ‘lot of input’ towards the Merseyside club in particular.
Farhad Moshiri and co. are allegedly ‘planning’ for a new ‘keeper after Pickford’s ‘bad year’, although this will depend if they end up getting relegated or not.
Barca are asking for a transfer fee in the region of €14m (£11.8m) for his signature, but could be ‘open’ to an initial loan move with an option to buy.
The Verdict: Avoid
Although Neto has been one of the more prominent goalkeepers of his generation, having won the Serie A title twice with Juventus and played in the UEFA Champions League with three different sides, the six-foot-three colossus is 32 years of age now, and currently on £65,000-per-week in Spain, it would be a big risk.
Sure, Pickford’s form could be questioned, but he has not entirely been helped out by the players in front of him, as they have conceded no fewer than 47 goals in total in the Premier League so far this season.
Should Everton sign Neto?
All the while, the 28-year-old has only made one error himself that has led to a goal in the division, and Frank Lampard gushed over the ‘world-class‘ saves that he is still capable of after the Toffees narrowly lost 1-0 at home to Manchester City – the manager has started Pickford in every league game since he arrived.
Nonetheless, if they were to end up swapping Pickford for Neto, it could turn out to be a huge mistake.
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