Pedro Neto of Wolves has been linked with a big-money move away from Molineux, with Aston Villa among the clubs interested.
The injury to Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka could bode bad news for Wolverhampton Wanderers, with Steve Bull pushing Pedro Neto for a move to the Emirates.
England international Saka suffered an injury last week during Arsene Wenger’s Champions League match against Lens, and while it is unclear how long he will be out, the Gunners have been exposed by a lack of options on the right side. On the left, Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard are the best, while Emile Smith-Rowe isn’t fully fit and Reiss Nelson can’t seem to receive regular minutes.
All signals lead to the arrival of a new player, and Neto has been linked with a move to Arsenal. According to reports, Neto is on Mikel Arteta’s shortlist, with Arsenal in need of a competent backup option to Saka if they are to compete for the Premier League title. Aston Villa, among other clubs, is said to be interested in the player.
Bull, a Wolves icon, has voiced his opinion, with a fee of between £50 million and £70 million being floated by the Molineux favourite. “I’m worried about Pedro Neto and his future, to be honest,” he told Ladbrokes Fanzone.
“He’s absolutely flying right now, and if it were up to me, I’d sign him to another five-year contract and pay him whatever he wants.”
“I truly believe he is that good. It’s hard to believe his talent and skill.
“It’s also encouraging to see how well he’s gotten along with his teammates.” He set up the goal against Villa, which was nearly identical to the one against Luton a few weeks ago; it’s all coming from Neto, really.
“He gets to the ball quickly, takes his man on, he scored against Luton, but it was Hwang, bang, goal against Villa.” He’s a cunning, cunning player.
“Will the Wolves be able to retain him?” I honestly don’t know. I believe Arsenal is the only team he would join. Liverpool and Manchester United have many of alternatives in that area, but it’s likely that Arsenal’s sole weak spot on the field.
“When Bukayo Saka isn’t on the field, they’re lost on that right side.” Without him, they looked lost against Manchester City.
“Look, let’s hope the Wolves can keep him and build a team around him starting in January.” But, to be honest, I’m terrified he’ll leave.
“I’m not sure how much he’d go for.” I’ve seen Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez go, and you should see some of the costs these days… Pedro Neto, in my opinion, is worth between £50 and £70 million.
“The talent he has… he’s capable of scoring, creating opportunities for himself and his teammates, he’s so skilled, he’s got the speed.” I believe he would easily fit into that Arsenal squad.”