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Barely a fortnight has gone by since the more muted January transfer window slammed shut, and with Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta choosing against any kind of captures last month to strengthen the squad, it seems the media are not yet ready to let go of the Pedro Neto rumours.

The 23 year old Wolverhampton Wanderers and Portuguese international winger has long been linked with a move away from the Midlands, but he is already on record as saying that he has no intention, right now, of agreeing to a transfer and at least for the 2023/24 season, that has proven true and anyone who banked on that with the likes of lordofodds.co.nz/ would have made a very sensible bet indeed.

However, on Wednesday, reports emerged stating that Wolves were determined to cash in on the player next summer so they could better fund their own incoming transfer activity, and we are in many ways, naturally simply being linked with him again.

With three goals and ten assists to his name already this year, it is understandable as to why we might have an interest in him from a firepower point of view, but as is normal for the rumour mill, there is also reason to doubt the reports because we get the same clubs being named checked – Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in this particular case – and it just feels like a story designed to reach as many news feeds as possible for for page impressions.

Speaking back in October, when he was first linked with us and a few others, he simply commented.

“I want to say that I am here and I will help everyone. I love the club and everybody here, I have always felt that it has given a lot to me. I’m enjoying the moment here so I will continue to do that. The future and long-term ambitions don’t matter. We will never go down in any situation, we are here to win and fight. I feel really good at the moment and hope to continue.”

Those football fans who like reading between the lines would read that quote as simply meaning he is happy to stay for the ‘moment’ and Wolves’ own ‘future and long term ambitions don’t matter’ simply because right now he is willing to accept that, but that cannot be read as meaning he has no future ambitions for himself.

Whether an unfortunate spate of injuries have scuppered earlier moves is open to debate, but I struggle to think we would have a genuine interest if the price tag is at the £60-70 million level.

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