According to 90min journalist Graeme Bailey, Wolves have been handed a boost in their efforts to keep starlet Pedro Neto at the club after Morgan Gibbs-White’s departure from Molineux.
However, the Midlands club have gained a huge boost in their desire to keep their starlet as they recently sold Gibbs-White to Forest in a deal that could see the transfer fee rise to a whopping £42.5m, meaning they no longer need to sell Neto.
Bailey claimed on The PreMatch Podcast that while Manchester United and Neto’s agent, Jorge Mendes, are interested in a possible deal, the sale of Gibbs-White means it is less likely he also moves on.
He said: “An interesting one, they [Man United] were linked after Pedro Neto even recently. Of all the links they’ve had, I think he’s quite an interesting one. However, we’ve seen today, something that might stop Neto moving on – although I think Jorge Mendes would like Neto to move on this month – is Morgan Gibbs-White being sold by Wolves to Forest.”
TIF Thoughts on Bailey’s comments…
Considering the sale of Gibbs-White and the injury to star striker Raul Jimenez, it is not surprising Wolves are desperate to keep their Portuguese forward, who has impressed in recent seasons and was hailed as ‘a huge talent by Premier League great Alan Shearer.
Neto has impressed in the stats, as according to FBref, he currently ranks in the 81st percentile for progressive carries and the 80th for total shots per game compared to other attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s top five leagues, all at just 22 years of age.
So far this season, Neto has played every game having missed 31 matches since April 2021 due to a serious knee injury. While he is yet to bag a goal or assist for the Midlands side this term, there is no doubt he is talented and worth keeping if the Wolves are to push for a European place again.