Arsenal target Neto declared love for Gunners years before transfer interest

Arsenal transfer target Pedro Neto will be right at home if he joins the Gunners this summer – he's been a fan of the club since he was a kid.

The 22-year-old Wolves star has emerged as a top target for Mikel Arteta's side if £72million winger Nicolas Pepe moves on before the close of the window. According to The Athletic, talks have been ongoing between the two Premier League clubs for over a month as the Gunners look to continue their summer spending.

Talks so far have involved the player's agent, Jorge Mendes, conversing with Arsenal and Wolves separately. Interest from the north Londoners is certain, but the Midlanders do not want to sell one of their most prized assets.

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Neto is one of Bruno Lage's key players and it is unclear what sort of bid it would take for Wolves to even contemplate selling one of their star players. But Neto's long-standing love for the Gunners could become a factor.

Speaking to talkSPORT in 2020, Neto revealed he was a big fan of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal sides when he was growing up. "When I was a kid, my favourite team in England was Arsenal," he said.

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"With Arsene Wenger, beside winning trophies, I thought they played really good football." Arsenal now appear to be heading in the same direction under Arteta, potentially tempting Neto to swap Molineux for the Emirates.

Earlier in the transfer window, clubs who might have come in for the youngster were led to be believe that he was unavailable or would cost too much. But following the acquisitions of Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes, the midfielder could now have more scope to leave the Midlands side.

Neto has made 95 appearances for Wolves in all competitions, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists. He started each of their first three games of the Premier League season, including against Tottenham last weekend.

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