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A little bit of history repeating

Neto's contract renewal talks aren't going as planned, and Roma are interested in snatching the Brazilian keeper.

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Stop me if you've heard this one before: A player's qualities are in doubt by everyone. Still, the club believes in him, the coach gives him the chance to play week after week despite mistakes. A player becomes an important part of the team, and one of the best in his position in the league. Then he goes to AS Roma.

It happened with Adem Ljajic, there is a danger of it happening with Norberto Murara Neto. Fiorentina's goalie contract is expiring in June, and renewal talks aren't going as planned. Like with Ljajic, Fiorentina is offering double what he earns right now, according to today's printed issue of Gazzetta dello Sport, which is 600.000 euros per season. However, that doesn't seem enough for the Brazilian. Roma is looking to replace Morgan De Sanctis and in Neto they see the perfect solution. Reportedly, the giallorossi would offer him 1.600.000 euros per season. More money, plus the fact that Roma will almost certainly play in Champions League next season might be enough to persuade Neto to leave Florence.

Of course, it wouldn't be the first time that players' agents fabricate this kind of story to force a better deal for their client, but the fact that we arrived almost to December without a new deal for the keeper is saying something. Club should have thought about it earlier and either renew the contract before. Either that or sell him and make profit, and avoid the will he/won't he drama.