Arsenal pathway to Pedro Neto transfer clear after £12.7m deal completed

Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portugal winger Pedro Neto
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Transfer windows often boil down to a game of bluff between clubs as they wait to see who blinks first with their activity.

It is not surprising then that we have had to wait this long for a pathway to become clear for Arsenal's move towards bringing Wolverhampton Wanderers' Pedro Neto to the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners have been long-term admirers of the 24-year-old and let's be frank, who wouldn't be?

His direct style of play is not too dissimilar to Bukayo Saka. He is not afraid to take on his man and use his pace to beat him.

Neto's three goals and 11 assists in 24 appearances is modest but you would be hard-pressed to find a Wolves fan who would not be disappointed to see him depart the club. Furthermore, his assist for Portugal's winner just moments after coming onto the pitch showcased just how important the forward is to not only his domestic side but also his international team.

However, with the West Midlands club affected by Financial Fair Play (FFP) as much as any team of a similar stature, there is certainly a deal to be done for Arsenal. Wolves appear to have already brought in a replacement for Neto in the form of Rodrigo Gomes from Braga for £12.7million.

He has signed a multi-year deal and it seems clear that Gary O'Neil has earmarked him to be Neto's replacement in the long-term. Arsenal have also benefitted from losing out on RB Leipzig's Benjamin Sesko.

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The Slovenian would have cost approximately £55million but his decision to extend his stay in Germany means some funds could be used from that deal to bring Neto to Arsenal. Of course, the Gunners cannot use the full £55million as they still need to sign a centre-forward this summer but at least some of that money could be redistributed to the Neto signing to help sweeten the move for the Wolves man.

With a bit of luck, Wolves should be a lot more open to negotiations with Arsenal knowing they have a player in their squad already to fill the gap when he departs.