Liverpool could make a high-risk transfer for Pedro Neto, according to reports. It’s one that could pay off very well.
90min reports that Wolves are open to selling Pedro Neto in the transfer window. Liverpool hold an interest, too, and could move for the 21-year-old.
Now, that would unquestionably be a risk. Neto picked up an injury last April that ruled him out for six months.
In fact, he had to undergo surgery on his knee to correct it. That immediately caps the price Liverpool should pay here.
Neto is a great talent but who knows what that knee injury means going forward? It may never be a problem again but Liverpool have seen how things can go.
Danny Ings suffered duel knee injuries, as has Joe Gomez. There’s already plenty of worry in the squad, too, with both Gomez and Virgil van Dijk returning from knee surgery this season.
Not that Liverpool would go through with the deal if there was a serious worry, of course. But there will be risk involved.
Particularly mentally – will Neto return the same player? Injuries like this can get in the head of a player and throw him off his natural rhythm. We don’t yet know how Neto will recover as he’s not back in training yet.
So there are the negatives out of the way. Onto the positives.
Pedro Neto in the transfer window?
We’ve written plenty on how good we think Neto can be. He already looks like a very dangerous Premier League winger and that’s as a 21-year-old.
There’s an obvious role for him at Liverpool as a pacy, direct winger and his room for growth is genuinely exciting. We think the Reds could turn him into a superstar.
And if his injury knocks his price down at all, we think it’s all a risk worth taking. Neto can be a star under the right management and Liverpool have a tremendous track record of delivering that management in recent years.
We’re not sure what Wolves would ask for at this juncture but anything reasonable is worth considering. There are remarkably few 21-year-olds delivering 11 combined goals and assists in the Premier League while playing four or five different positions.
Liverpool could work wonders with this one.