Arsenal told to pay ‘more than £50m’ for winger as alternative target is now ‘untouchable’

Date published: Tuesday 23rd August 2022 12:26 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal target Neto

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Arsenal will need to pay ‘more than £50m’ to sign Pedro Neto from their Premier League rivals Wolves.

The Gunners have been busy in the transfer market already, with Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira all joining the club for significant fees.

As the club proved in their pursuit of Jesus, they are willing to wait for the right target with them still in the market for a centre-midfielder and winger.

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Arsenal are understood to be keen on Youri Tielemans, but they are yet to submit an official bid for the Belgium international.

Leicester value him at around £30m this summer and the player is in the final year of his contract.

In terms of wingers, Neto has emerged as a possible target for Arsenal in recent days.

The Wolves star has acknowledged in an interview with The Times that he “dreams” of playing in the Champions League:

“I always like to hear this sort of stuff but I’m focused on my job here because I’m feeling very good here. The things you hear makes you work even more, it’s good for you & your mentality to know people know your value,” Neto said.

“The dream of any player is to play in the Champions League. I want to help this club to go higher and higher because I think we have that potential with the way we work, the way we sign players, the way we try to arrive there.”

Arsenal are not yet in the Champions League, but they do look well-positioned to finish in the top four if their first three games of the 2022/23 campaign are anything to go by.

Three wins in three is a brilliant start, but greater tests will come when they face their Big Six rivals.

Neto would certainly strengthen Arsenal’s squad and Romano is reporting that Mikel Arteta is a ‘big fan’ of him.

The winger is ‘highly regarded’ at Arsenal but they are yet to submit an offer to Wolves.

Signing him will ‘not be easy’ as Wolves would ‘want more than £50m’ if they are to sell Neto to their Premier League rivals.

Neto is among a few targets, with Bayer Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby also being ‘appreciated’ by Arsenal.

A move for Diaby is difficult though as Leverkusen have told clubs that the player is ‘untouchable’ this summer.


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