Wolves on transfer standby as Liverpool eye £50m Mohamed Salah replacement

 


Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Pedro Neto could be a player in big demand when the transfer window opens in January, and Liverpool and Arsenal could be the leading contenders for a big money swoop.

The Molineux man has bounced back from serious injuries and looks to be back to his best with a goal and four assists so far this season, and that form has not gone unnoticed by the Premier League's elite sides as the 23-year-old continues to be a clear stand-out for Wolves this year.

Football Transfers report that Liverpool are considering a move to sign Wolves forward at the end of the season with the Portugal attacker one of the options supposedly being looked at in case Mohamed Salah leaves for Saudi Arabia.

Our colleagues at Liverpool.com say: "Neto is a really good player and his output would be much better in a better team. Wolves doesn't have that much quality in the final third, but if he was setting up chances for the likes of Diogo Jota, Neto would move up to another level."

Aston Villa have reportedly been monitoring the player too and are said to have checked on his progress recently, ahead of any potential deals in January. Neto reportedly also has admiration at Atletico Madrid and in the Saudi Pro League.

Neto also has a long time suitor in Arsenal, with Gunners boss Mikel Arteta looking to strengthen his squad. Attack is set to be the next area of priority, and Ivan Toney and Neto are two potential targets as the Gunners look to build a front line to spearhead their challenge for major trophies.

Arsenal retain an interest in Neto but his growing importance at Wolves will complicate any potential transfer deal this winter, although a move could be revisited in the summer of 2024. The Gunners are long-standing admirers and he has made a great impression on both Arteta and sporting director Edu since arriving in the Premier League with Wolves back in 2019.

Neto - represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes - is a self-confessed Arsenal supporter and was the subject of a transfer enquiry that was immediately rebuffed by Molineux chiefs this summer. Arsenal have had Neto on their shortlist since the summer of 2022, but at the time a move proved to be out of their financial reach due to Wolves' hefty asking price.

Now Neto's stock is on the rise once again following his blistering start to the season under Gary O'Neil. Prior to this weekend's Premier League action, Neto has registered the joint-most assists in the top-flight (four) alongside Mohamed Salah and only Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka (19) has created more big chances (18) than the Portuguese starlet this term.

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