Arsenal: Bailey claims club progressing in deal for Wolves star Neto

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According to 90min journalist Graeme Bailey, Arsenal are progressing in talks over signing Pedro Neto.

The Gunners have enjoyed an incredible start to their 2022/23 Premier League season, currently sitting top of the table with a maximum of nine points from their first three games, bagging three goals or more on two occasions.

A big part of this success has been down to their work in the transfer window, spending £118.86m according to Transfermarkt on the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Fabio Vieira – and it looks like they might not be finished there.

The north London club have been linked with Wolves starlet Neto towards the end of the window, and according to Bailey, talks are progressing between the two clubs in a deal that could rise to as much as £50m with add-ons.

Bailey told the Talking Transfers podcast: “Arsenal are having talks with [agent Jorge] Mendes. It might not be as much as 50 [million], I think the overall deal itself, it might be less than 40, it might go up towards 50 with add-ons.

“And if you’re Wolves you would do add-ons with Arsenal, wouldn’t you, if they’re going to be as good as we think they might be, you would do plenty of add-ons.

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“So it’s progressing, they’ve had talks. Chelsea and United haven’t been completely ruled out the picture yet, but they seem to have other targets, other preferential targets for them.”

TIF Thoughts on Neto to Arsenal…

While spending £50m on a player who has struggled with injuries and barely featured for Wolves last season may seem like a gamble, Neto has been integral in their 2022/23 campaign so far, playing 240 minutes of their first three games, an average of 80 minutes per match.

Arteta is looking to add another key name to his plethora of attacking talents, which includes Bukayo Saka, Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard and Jesus to name a few. It is undeniable that adding a player with his potential will only help their chances to challenge for the Premier League title, with the winger being dubbed an ‘incredible player‘ by Pep Guardiola.

It can be hard for a player to return to full form so quickly after sustaining as serious an injury as Neto did, with the Portuguese forward missing 31 games between April 2021 and February 2022 due to a knee problem. But a move to Arsenal could mean he would not be relied on as much as he is at Wolves and therefore could slowly return to a team that would not need him to start week-in, week-out.

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