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Report: Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto happy to join Juventus as reserve to first choice Gianluigi Buffon

Fiorentina's goalkeeper Neto (R) jumps for the ball as his team-mates Mario Gómez (L) and Gonzalo Rodríguez (2nd R) go for a header with Dynamo Kyiv's Jeremain Lens during their UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg match at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium on 16th April, 2015
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Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto is set to join Juventus despite not being guaranteed playing time, according to reports.

The website of respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims that the 25 year-old, who is out of contract in June, will move to Juventus on a free transfer in the summer transfer window.

With Buffon, one of the best goalkeepers in the world, still very much established as first choice, it was believed that Neto would be loaned out for at least a season to ensure he is playing regularly. 

The former Brazil under-23 international - capped twice in 2012 - is however, said to confident of challenging Buffon for minutes on the pitch and will instead stay in Turin to fight for his place. 

That decision would demote current reserve Marco Storari, who is set to renew his contract, to third choice, with Brazilian Rubinho leaving the club.

Neto’s potential move to Juventus is likely to be greeted with hostility from Fiorentina fans.

The Bianconeri are considered one of their bitterest rivals, while Neto stated in an interview in October 2014 that he would never join Juventus.

The reported €3.5 million signing from Atlético Paranaense (January 2011) was initially frozen out of the side when he made it clear that he would not be renewing his contract at the start of the year and though he has since returned to the first-team and avoided conflict with the fans, it seems increasingly inevitable that he will join Juventus.


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