According to The Athletic, Arsenal want to sign Wolves’ winger Pedro Neto and have been talking to his representative Jorge Mendes for more than a month.
The 22-year-old Portugal international is viewed as a replacement for Nicolas Pepe who could move to Nice on loan.
David Ornstein caveats his report by pointing out that Arsenal, having spent big against the backdrop of a financially difficult couple of years, need to be mindful of adhering to Premier League and UEFA FFP rules; a topic @SwissRamble talks in depth about this morning.
Neto joined Wolves from Lazio three years ago and has been a mainstay in the first team under Nuno Espirito Santo and Bruno Lage.
To date, he’s made 95 appearances at Molineux, making 12 assists and scoring 11 goals. Prior to his move to England, he came through the ranks at Braga and spent a season on loan at Lazio.
Last season, he played the majority of his football as a left winger but also featured off the right, as an attacking midfielder and as a striker. Basically, he’s versatile which seems to be the hallmark of many of Arteta’s recent transfer targets.
Earlier in the summer, Arsenal were willing to spend around £45 million for Raphinha before Barcelona came in with silly money.
While Arsenal’s attitude towards ‘super agent’ Mendes has softened in the post-Arsene Wenger years – he recently played a role in getting Fabio Vieira to Arsenal – we still think this could be a very difficult deal to get over the line. Time is of the essence and Wolves are in a strong position to play hardball.
With that in mind, and Arteta speaking openly about his desire to “add more firepower” to the squad, we wouldn’t be surprised if other names are also linked in the last 10 days of the window.