Secret weapon to help Man Utd lure game-changing £40m talent

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Manchester United plan to use Bruno Fernandes’ friendship with Pedro Neto to help lure the attacker to Old Trafford this summer, according to a report.

Reports at the weekend claimed the Wolves star has shot up United’s wanted list this summer as they seek to sign a winger. Neto has been the stand-out performer at Molineux this season in an otherwise disappointing season. Indeed, it’s claimed that the 21-year-old is now viewed by senior figures at Old Trafford as a serious alternative to Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.

Landing the player won’t come cheap of course. Wolves paid £16m to sign Neto in summer 2019 and is believed to be rated now in the £40m bracket by Wolves. With six goals and five assists to his name this season, it’s claimed he’s been extensively scouted by United.

Neto is contracted to Molineux, however, until 2025. He signed a bumper new deal with the club back in the autumn and Wolves will be loathe to let him leave.

However, there is a feeling that Wolves will have to sell before they can buy this summer. As such, Neto could move on if the price is right.

Furthermore, according to Football Insider, United have an ace up their sleeves in the form of Fernandes. Citing club sources, they claim United feel their star could prove key to luring Neto to Old Trafford.

Fernandes knows the player well, of course, from international duty. The pair were both in action on Wednesday night as their side carved out a 1-0 win over Azerbaijan.

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Steve Bull reckons Neto is on another level

Neto, a game-changing talent, has also been talked up by Wolves legend Steve Bull. He feels the Portuguese star has the ability to one day match his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Bull scored 306 goals for Wolves during 13 sensational seasons at the club. And the 55-year-old sees no reason why Neto should not go on to match Ronaldo’s achievements.

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“I think he can stretch to those levels, I really do,” he told Football FanCast. “He’s absolutely class, he just floats across the grass and the way he stretches his legs past players is absolutely unbelievable.”

Addressing transfer speculation over the player, Bull insisted Neto was already at the right club.

“I know there’s a lot of talk saying he’ll go to a big club. But I’d argue he is at a big club now with a big manager.”

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