Journalist Dave Azzopardi believes the chances Wolves sell their star winger, Pedro Neto, to their Premier League rivals is currently two out of ten.
With there being under a week left in the summer transfer window, teams have to be very careful about selling some of their top assets as there is not a long time to bring someone else in, and if they are a star, it is almost impossible to replace them.
Wolves could fall into this trap as they are still looking to sign players like Sasa Kaladjzic linked recently, but have also received a lot of interest in their star winger, Neto, especially from top-six Premier League side, Arsenal.
However, much to the delight of Wolves fans, on the recent Talking Wolves podcast, Azzopardi rubbished the possibility of Neto leaving and gave the likelihood of the transfer a two out of ten ratings.
He said, “I think the likelihood of it happening would be three out of 10. I’d probably say it’s down to two out of ten now”. (28:42)
TIF Thoughts on the Neto saga…
After losing a player like Jimenez to injury and struggling to find goals so far this season, losing another key play with the potential of Neto would be disastrous for Wolves, even if it was for the rumoured £50m.
While Neto is yet to pick up a goal or assist this season he brings a threat to the opposition which will allow the likes of Jimenez, Guedes and Nunes to pick up goals. He has shown his class in other areas of the pitch as he currently ranks in the 86th percentile for progressive carries, 85th for touches in the attacking penalty areas, and 78th for shot-creating actions.
Selling Neto is not completely out of the question for the future though, while now it would be a huge mistake if Neto can go through this season unscathed and bag himself double digits goals and assists there is no reason why they could not add another £20m onto their asking price and bring in £70m for him next summer.
It is a win/win for the club, if they keep him they get a talented youngster who has bags of potential and if they do end up selling in the future they will receive a king’s ransom and can use this to bolster the squad further.
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