Journalist Joe Edwards doesn’t think that Wolves will sell Pedro Neto this summer, even if he puts in a good showing at this summer’s European Championships.
Following the loss of their two top scorers from last season – with Raul Jimenez to injury and Diogo Jota being sold to Liverpool – the 21-year-old has done his best to help pick up the slack this campaign, scoring five goals. And his displays haven’t gone unnoticed, with a recent report in The Sun claiming that Manchester United are willing to pay £50m for his services this upcoming transfer window.
But speaking on the latest edition of the E&S Wolves podcast, Edwards feels that whilst there may be some interest in his services, he doesn’t think Wolves are going to be in a position where they have to sell him, even if their finances aren’t the greatest right now.
He said: “Of course, with the more prominent role he gets with Portugal – we’ve seen how many times if players go away to the Euros and have a strong tournament then everybody’s in for them, aren’t they? But I honestly think Wolves are in a good position at the minute with Neto.
“It’s not as if Wolves are in a desperation position where they need to sell key assets or at least more than one of them, I don’t think. I think they’re in a good position to keep Neto, I think Neto realises that he’s important to Wolves as well.”
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TIF Thoughts on Joe Edwards’ comments about Pedro Neto staying at Wolves
Edwards’ words can bring a lot of comfort to Wolves fans, because Neto, valued at £31.5m on Transfermarkt, has arguably been their best player this season, at least in terms of his WhoScored rating, and whilst they will be getting Jimenez back, they need someone there to create the chances for him.
And given that he’s leading the team in both key passes per game and assists this season, that job is likely going to fall to him, so they need to keep him in place rather than sell him and hope to bring in someone new, who may take a while getting up to speed in a new system.