Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remains in search of a winger and the latest reports have linked the Gunners to Wolves star Pedro Neto.
THE LOWDOWN: DECENT WINDOW
Arsenal have done some good business this summer window. Gabriel Jesus arrived from Manchester City and has been a good upgrade upfront with his performances. Oleksandr Zinchenko has been drafted in at left back to help the ailing Kieran Tierney, while Nuno Tavares has been shipped out to Marseille on loan.
Other arrivals include Matt Turner, Bernd Leno’s replacement, Fabio Riera and Marquinhos. Hard-tackling midfielder Lucas Torreira just left the Emirates to join Turkish side Galatasaray and more players are expected to leave before the end of the window.
However, Mikel Arteta stressed that the Gunners are still interested in further arrivals and it appears a winger is part of that wishlist. A Premier League winger in Neto, has now been linked with the London outfit.
THE LATEST: A POSSIBLE OPTION
According to 90 min, Arsenal are keen on signing Pedro Neto from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 22-year-old winger could be allowed to depart from the Molineux after the Premier League club agreed on a deal with Valencia for Goncalo Guedes.
So far, many players have been linked with a move, with recent reports claiming that Arsenal are plotting a last-ditch move for Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby. Recent reports also suggested Cody Gakpo as an alternative for Arsenal, but he could cost around €40 million.
Neto was signed by Wolves from Lazio in 2019 for €18 million and has been one of their consistent performers. He recently a new contract back in March, which will see him stay at the Molineux until 2027. Judging by the number of years he has left, Bruno Lage’s side will not allow him to leave for a cheap fee.
THE VERDICT: COULD BE DIFFICULT
It is clear that the idea to bring in another wide-man is to improve the Arsenal squad and provide more cover for Bukayo Saka on the right-hand side.
As things stand, the Gunners cannot just bring in another winger when there are players who are deemed surplus to requirements still left in the squad. There are a few more sales expected, with Nicolas Pepe chief among those reportedly on the transfer list.
If the Gunners manage to sell some of their wide players like Pepe or Reiss Nelson, they can now re-enter the market for a new winger.