Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Pedro Neto has been in excellent form during the current season. Neto, a Portuguese star who has overcome injuries at Molineux, is starting to garner attention from other clubs. Sunday People journalist Neil Moxley has shared some insights from within the club regarding their ability to retain him.
Neto joined Wolves in 2019, along with Bruno Jordao, as part of the club’s effort to secure promising Portuguese youth internationals on long-term contracts. Their combined transfer fee was approximately £18 million, and they both signed five-year deals at Molineux. Unfortunately, Neto faced setbacks due to a patellar injury in 2021, which slowed his progress with Wolves.
However, in the current campaign, the 23-year-old has rediscovered his form, contributing with one goal and five assists in just eight Premier League matches. Neto has undoubtedly been one of Wolves’ standout performers this season, showing a significant improvement in his fitness, which is a considerable boost for the club.
Financial difficulties at Molineux led to the sale of several key players during the summer transfer window, including Ruben Neves, Raul Jimenez, Nathan Collins, and Matheus Nunes. It wouldn’t be surprising if the club is forced to consider selling some of their remaining assets in future transfer windows.
Notably, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano recently mentioned Arsenal’s interest in signing Neto over a year ago, and they still hold an appreciation for the player. This raises questions about whether Arsenal might intensify their pursuit in the upcoming January transfer window. However, journalist Dean Jones insists that Wolves are determined not to sell Neto when the window reopens. Still, the allure of a club like Arsenal, which competes in the Champions League, could potentially sway the player.
Neil Moxley has expressed uncertainty about Wolves’ financial ability to retain Neto in the near future. He points out that Wolves faced cash constraints, which led to the transfer of Nunes to Manchester City. This financial pressure could resurface in the January transfer window or next summer.
In Moxley’s words, “Yeah, I mean, it’s interesting, isn’t it? You look at Arsenal and you think they’ve got players who can do that. But the one thing Neto does do is he carries the ball distances, and that was evident by his goal against Villa on Sunday.”
If Wolves are compelled to sell players due to Financial Fair Play regulations, Neto could be a prime candidate for departure. He is currently one of the most valuable players at Wolves and could attract a substantial offer from an interested club.
If Neto were to leave in the coming transfer windows, it would be a challenging task for Gary O’Neil and his recruitment team to find a suitable replacement, particularly if Neto’s exceptional form continues. In the past, there has been interest in AC Milan winger Alexis Saelemaekers, a 24-year-old valued at around £29 million by Football Transfers. Saelemaekers is known for his versatility, capable of playing on either flank and even filling in defensively when needed.