Wolves could ditch Pedro Neto by signing 6 ft 1 gem with “outrageous numbers” - opinion
Wolverhampton Wanderers are believed to be firmly in the mix to sign Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos, with manager Bruno Lage seemingly on the hunt for a centre-forward addition.
What’s the word?
According to journalist Pedro Sepulveda – via Sky Sports – the Midlands club ‘made an offer’ for the 21-year-old earlier this summer as they look to tempt him into a move to Molineux, albeit with fellow Premier League side Southampton also monitoring the Portuguese starlet closely.
The transfer insider stated: “I can tell you Southampton were in Denmark when Benfica played against Midtjylland in the Champions League [earlier this month] and Southampton had a meeting with Benfica president Rui Costa to know the price of the player and find out Benfica’s conditions to make this deal.
“Wolves want the player too and some weeks ago they made an offer to Benfica and that offer was a loan, worth €5m with an obligation to buy around €30m.
“I can also reveal that Wolves boss Bruno Lage has already made the call to Ramos to know if he wants to join Wolves because they’ve already worked together and Lage has told Ramos he wants him at Wolves.”
Ditch Pedro Neto
This news comes amid reports that current Wolves star Pedro Neto is attracting interest from other top-flight clubs, with the 22-year-old potentially set to depart before the close of the transfer window if the Old Gold receive the right offer.
The former Braga man – who came to the Black Country in 2019 – had only recently signed a new five-year deal in March, and it seems a surprise that he could potentially be heading for the Molineux exit.
As talented as Neto is, though, Lage and co can forget about the three-cap gem by turning to his compatriot Ramos, with the menacing striker set to be yet another Portuguese arrival at the club after a litany of such moves in recent years.
While Neto is a “huge talent”, in the words of Alan Shearer, the club are currently well stocked for wide options, with the most urgent area of need seemingly that of centre-forward following Raul Jimenez’s recent injury.
Should ditching the one-time Lazio loanee lead to the signing of the Benfica starlet, then there would likely be few complaints among the club’s fan base, with Ramos potentially the man to solve their goalscoring woes, with the team managing only 38 in as many Premier League games last season.
Although his career is still in its infancy, the £12.6m-rated marksman has posted some “outrageous numbers” in his career thus far, according to talent scout Jacek Kulig, having notably scored four goals and provided three assists in just four games so far this season.
Prior to that, the highly-rated 6 foot 1 marksman had scored eight goals and registered four assists for the Primeira Liga side last term in all competitions, in what proved to be a real breakthrough campaign for the Benfica academy graduate.
With 14 goals in just 18 appearances to his name for Portugal at under-21 level, he clearly possesses a real killer instinct in front of goal, with such finishing prowess no doubt needed at a club where nobody scored more than six goals in all competitions last term.
Ending the transfer window without a new striker coming through the door could be catastrophic for Wolves, and it’s arguably worth letting Neto depart if it can lead to Ramos’ arrival at Molineux.