Wolverhampton Wanderers could be set to lose highly-rated forward Pedro Neto before the September transfer deadline, with the Portugal international attracting interest from clubs across the Premier League.
As per 90min, the Old Gold could see the 22-year-old depart in the coming weeks, with a handful of the division’s top clubs having been alerted to his ‘potential availability’.
The report suggests that the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all in the mix to potentially make a late swoop for the former Braga man, having been informed that he could be on the market for the ‘right price’.
As alluded to above, those potential suitors appear to have been given hope that a deal could be done before the transfer window closes, with it somewhat of a surprise that the forward could potentially be available if the right offer is tabled.
An exit for Neto – particularly so late in the summer – would no doubt represent something of a disaster for Wolves manager Bruno Lage, with the three-cap gem arguably one of the most exciting talents that the 46-year-old has at his disposal.
The £28.8m-rated man scored just one league goal last term, having being absent for more than 10 months after fracturing his kneecap, but prior to that he had been in impressive form, notably scoring five goals and providing six assists during the 2020/21 campaign.
In a team which is already struggling in an attacking sense – having scored at a rate of just a goal a game last season – it would appear foolish to lose such a menacing attacking threat, particularly with the one-time Lazio loanee offering the ability to play on either flank and through the middle.
His talents were previously lauded by Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, with the Frenchman stating last year: “What I like is he’s not scared to beat people on the outside. I like it. He can cross with his right, finish with his left.
“He’s always looking to have a go and attack the defender – always on the front foot. It’s not easy to do this at such a young age, in a team where you’re not often in possession and dominating games. I think he’s performed extremely well.”
Such a glowing assessment is a marker of just how highly the “huge talent” – as dubbed by Alan Shearer – is regarded by those in the game, with it no surprise to see some of the top-flight’s leading clubs clamouring for his signature.
While the arrival of compatriot and fellow forward Goncalo Guedes may have altered the Old Gold’s thinking – as well as their inability to cash in on contract rebel Ruben Neves – it would still represent a significant error to part ways with the £50k-per-week Neto, particularly with so little time to replace him.