According to The Athletic, Arsenal want to sign Wolves winger Pedro Neto and have been talking to his representative Jorge Mendes for over a month.
The 22-year-old Portuguese international is seen as a Nicolas Pepe replacement who could be loaned out to Nice.
David Orstein warns its report by stressing that Arsenal, having spent a lot in the context of two financially difficult years, must ensure that they comply with Premier League and UEFA FFP rules; a subject @SwissRamble speaks in depth this morning.
Neto joined Wolves from Lazio three years ago and has been a first-team mainstay under Nuno Espirito Santo and Bruno Lage.
To date, he has made 95 appearances for Molineux, making 12 assists and scoring 11 goals. Prior to his move to England, he came through the ranks at Braga and spent a season on loan at Lazio.
Last season he played the majority of his football as a left winger, but also played on the right, as an attacking midfielder and as a striker. Basically, he’s versatile, which seems to be the hallmark of many of Arteta’s recent transfer targets.
Earlier this summer, Arsenal were ready to spend around £45million on Raphinha before Barcelona came in with some silly money.
While Arsenal’s attitude towards ‘super agent’ Mendes has softened in the years since Arsene Wenger – he recently played a part in Fabio Vieira’s arrival at Arsenal – we still think it could be a very difficult agreement to cross. Time is running out and the Wolves are in a strong position to play hardball.
With that in mind, and Arteta speaking openly about his desire to “add more firepower” to the squad, we wouldn’t be surprised if other names are also linked in the final 10-day window.