Manchester United have tasked Bruno Fernandes with convincing Wolves star Pedro Neto to agree a summer switch to Old Trafford, according to reports. The Red Devils have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old at the end of the season, as well as bitter rivals Liverpool, who are in the market for attacking reinforcements after struggling in front of goal since the turn of the year.
Neto has featured in every Premier League match for Wolves this season, scoring five goals and creating another four in the process.
He usually plays out wide but is a versatile attacker, able to thrive in any position across the front three as well as in the No 10 role.
United are said to be considering Neto as an option for next season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lacking out-and-out wingers and often choosing to deploy Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on the flanks as a result.
Former Swansea City man Daniel James has struggled to make the most of his opportunities in the side, while new signing Amad is hugely inexperienced and needs time to develop in order to blossom into a first-team regular.
Although Wolves will be keen to keep hold of Neto in the summer, Ed Woodward could have a trick up his sleeve in the form of international team-mate Fernandes.
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United are convinced that the 26-year-old can play an important role in their pursuit of Neto, according to Football Insider.
The pair are currently with the Portugal camp for the international break, and both featured in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over Azerbaijan, with Neto starting the match and Fernandes coming off the bench at half-time.
The Wolves forward was signed from Lazio in 2019 for a modest fee of just £16million, but would likely cost United significantly more after proving himself at Premier League level.
However, the report claims that Neto is unlikely to be sold for any more than £40m if United decide to act on their interest during the summer.
He could also opt to follow in the footsteps of Diogo Jota by making the switch from Molineux to Anfield, but the Red Devils will be hoping that Fernandes can edge proceedings in their favour.
Despite his impressive campaign so far, Neto claimed earlier this month that he is aiming to keep improving in his search to achieve greatness, hinting that a move to a bigger club could soon be on the cards in order to fight for silverware.
“Sometimes I’m being hard to myself, because I know a lot of people my age would like to be where I am,” Neto told the Express and Star.
“But for me, I always want to do better. Sometimes I don’t see where I am at 21 years old, but I always want better.
“I want to improve, so I’ll continue to achieve more things.”
It remains to be seen whether Neto will be allowed to leave Wolves this summer, with United and Liverpool facing a battle for his signature.
Both clubs have struggled to impress at times this season and could benefit from Neto’s cutting edge at the top of the pitch.
United are likely to see Edinson Cavani leave the club at the end of the campaign, with his contract set to expire in the summer.
A move for Neto could allow Rashford to return to a central role in order to fill the gap, unless the Red Devils manage to seal the big-money acquisition of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.