Arsenal remain interested in a deal for Wolves winger Pedro Neto but any potential approach has been complicated by the Portuguese attacker’s sparkling form at Molineux. That’s because Wolves simply have no interest in losing their integral forward, who already looks crucial to their prospects this season under Gary O’Neil.
The Gunners have had Neto on their shortlist since the summer of 2022 and even tried to land the 23-year-old back in 2017 during his time at Braga when Arsene Wenger was still at the helm.
Mikel Arteta and sporting director Edu are both in agreement that Neto has the quality to prove a hit at Arsenal but the tricky dribbler has so far proven to be out of the club’s reach.
Wolves wanted big money to sanction a transfer in the summer of 2022 while a fresh enquiry was also rebuffed as recently as this summer.
Neto is a self-confessed Arsenal supporter and would he likely to entertain any approach that arrived from the Gunners – although he is currently tied down to a long-term deal in the Black Country that is due to run until the summer of 2027.
He is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes and after a troublesome time with injuries in the past few seasons, Neto’s stock is once again in the ascendancy.
Prior to this weekend’s fixtures, Neto has registered the joint-most assists in the Premier League (four) alongside Mohamed Salah this term.
Furthermore, only Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka (19) has created more big chances (18) than Wolves’ new attacking talisman.
Arteta has recently felt the wrath of injuries to Gabriel Martinelli and Leandro Trossard and Arsenal’s attack has suffered in their absence.
The Gunners lacked a cutting edge in the rollercoaster 2-2 draw with Tottenham while a heavily-rotated Arsenal side should have been out of sight in the 1-0 Carabao Cup win at Brentford in midweek.
Gabriel Jesus is also struggling for consistency and Arsenal are now expected to consider strengthening their forward line in the January window.
Ivan Toney is another player of concrete interest and he is likely to prove more attainable than Neto, who Wolves are determined to keep.
Neto scored his first goal of the 2023/24 season in the 1-1 draw at Luton Town last Saturday after previously tormenting Joe Gomez in the first-half of Wolves’ 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.
Wolves head coach O’Neil has praised the Portuguese winger’s dazzling form – something he hopes can continue.
“He has been absolutely incredible for the six or seven weeks I have been here,” O’Neil said.
“I am really pleased with where Pedro is at. He has given absolutely everything and showed a big moment of quality [at Luton] which sums up how he has been for me for the last six weeks.”