Arsenal have two alternative targets in mind in the event that they fail to agree a transfer cope with Wolves for Pedro Neto, in line with reports. The Gunners have made the Portuguese forward their No 1 attacking goal for the ultimate stretch of the summer transfer window but a deal is certainly not easy with Wolves expected to carry out for £50million.
Initial talks have already taken place with Neto’s agent Jorge Mendes but Molineux chiefs hold all of the cards over a possible sale.
Moreover, Neto is tied right down to a long-term contract on the club until 2027 – hindering Arsenal’s probabilities of negotiating a transfer inside the following week or so.
Nonetheless, they’ll try their best and the loan departure of Nicolas Pepe to Nice could give them a welcome financial boost – so too the potential sale of Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Yet if Arsenal cannot land Neto, they might well turn attention to Moussa Diaby or Yeremy Pino, in line with transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
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“Neto could be really tempted by Arsenal but I’m told the player is just not forcing anything as of now but he’d be keen to go to Arsenal.”
For now, Romano claims Arsenal are focused on outgoings and there are still plenty of players that would yet leave the Emirates before the September 1 deadline…
He added: “Outgoings are the priority. Before signing a latest winger they need to finish the loan cope with Nice for Nicolas Pepe.
“Negotiations are progressing and I’m told it doesn’t include any buy option but it surely’s still in negotiations so it could change.
“In the mean time no buy option, it is a loan deal until the top of the season and so they’re discussing the salary coverage. Also essential to say, for the outgoings, they’re looking to search out an answer for [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles.
“West Ham have an interest so Maitland-Niles might be one other player set to go away Arsenal.”
Arteta has made it clear the Gunners shall be looking to herald at the least yet another signing before the transfer deadline.
He said: “We are going to try until the top, the transfer window is difficult in the intervening time, we would love to do something else, but let’s see what we are able to do.”