The latest on Pedro Neto’s January transfer window, with Wolverhampton Wanderers sending a strong message to Arsenal and Manchester City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach Gary O’Neil has sent a clear warning to clubs interested in any of his key players in January, including superstar winger Pedro Neto.
Neto, who made his return to the starting lineup after suffering a hamstring injury against Newcastle United in late October, looked crisp at the American Express Stadium. The 23-year-old might not have broken the deadlock on
Despite the fact that Brighton and Wolves drew 0-0, his desire to get forward was excellent, as was his ability to create chances for teammates. His performance was so impressive that he received an eight out of ten (80 percent) in Birmingham World’s player ratings.
Only Mohamed Salah and Ollie Watkins have more than Neto’s seven assists in the Premier League this season, yet the Wanderers’ number seven has missed eight of the 21 games. Neto’s impressive form has piqued the interest of a number of top-flight clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester City.
O’Neil is adamant that Neto will not leave Molineux anytime soon, citing the versatile forward’s current status as untouchable. When asked what he would tell teams interested in Neto, the manager replied, “I don’t need to send a message to any club. There is no likelihood that any of our top players will go during this window. We shall focus on what we can contribute; no one will leave who we do not want to depart.”
Wolves have very little room for investing on the transfer front, meaning they either make due with their present team or dig into the loan and free agency markets. Allowing Neto or any other key player to leave would be extremely counterproductive, even if a sale might help balance the net spend books. Arsenal and Manchester City must go elsewhere as a result – or wait until the summer, when Wanderers may be more amenable to a transfer.