Key to Wolverhampton Wanderer’s success in recent years has been their ability to pick a bargain up in the transfer window.
There have been numerous examples of this over the last few transfer windows, and winger Pedro Neto is one of them.
Signed from Lazio for €17.9m in August last year, the youngster has quickly established himself in the Wolves set up this season with a series of impressive performances.
Five goals and four assists in 38 games so far is a decent return for the 20-year-old, who is now a regular under Nuno Espirito Santo and one touted to have a bright future.
So much so, that none other than Barcelona are regretting not securing his signature when they had a chance.
That’s according to AS, who explain that Barça were about to sign Neto for their B team two seasons ago when he was playing for Braga.
However, he rejected the move and instead stayed with Braga before moving to Lazio on loan in 2017, a transfer he made permanent in 2019.
His stock has risen drastically since then, so much so that the recruitment department at Barcelona ‘recognise the mistake’ of not finalising a deal for him when they could.
And according to the newspaper, that regret could end up growing this summer should Neto complete a move away from Wolves.
They believe that Wolves could ask for as much as €50m this summer as his performances have ‘caught the attention of the greats of England, Italy and also Spain’.
That’s led to a belief he could be one of the ‘summer bombings’, with Jorge Mendes, his agent, likely to ensure a significant asking price for a player whose reputation is seemingly on the rise.