Transfer Talk: Neto injury may force Arsenal to look elsewhere

Oct 30, 2023, 08:44 PM ET

The summer transfer window has closed throughout Europe, but there are still moves in the works and plenty of gossip swirling around. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Arsenal to reassess January transfer plans

Arsenal could be forced to alter their transfer plans after a setback in their pursuit of Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Pedro Neto, according to the Express.

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The 23-year-old is reported to be the Gunners’ priority option for January, but he sustained a hamstring injury in Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, which could rule out him leaving Molineux if sidelined for a considerable amount of time.

Arsenal are believed to be keen to add a winger when the transfer market opens, with manager Mikel Arteta looking to find an alternative to England international Bukayo Saka, who played in all 38 league games last season, and he has already played 13 times across all competitions this campaign.

Previously reports have indicated that Wolves would only be willing to allow Neto to leave the club for a fee of around £50 million, though the Portugal international has said that he has no plans to push for a move in January.

Neto was enjoying an impressive run of form before being stretchered off on Saturday, having registered a goal and seven assists in his last eight matches for manager Gary O’Neil’s side.

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Pedro Neto injured his hamstring in Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday. Barrington Coombs/PA Images via Getty Images


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