The unpredictable nature of the transfer window has taken an unexpected turn for Arsenal, as recent reports suggest the club might be reconsidering their pursuit of striker Ivan Toney. In the last year, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Brentford FC striker Ivan Toney but this £60m player has emerged as an alternative.
Dean Jones, in a recent episode of the Chasing Green Arrows Podcast, revealed that Arsenal is exploring the possibility of signing a different type of attacker, with Wolves’ Pedro Neto emerging as a potential target.
Despite the initial focus on bolstering the striking department, financial constraints seem to be influencing Arsenal’s transfer strategy.
According to Jones, the Gunners are considering Pedro Neto, valued at £60 million, as a versatile attacking option. However, Jones acknowledges the challenge of luring Neto away from Wolves during the January transfer window.
“The message out of Arsenal right now is that they can’t afford a striker, but in a weird plot twist, someone told me the other day that they might sign a different type of forward instead of a striker. Pedro Neto at Wolves is someone they really like,” shared Jones.
While Neto is acknowledged as a talented player, some critics argue that he may not address Arsenal’s immediate concern – finishing.
The team’s struggle to convert chances into goals has been a serious issue, and skeptics question whether Neto, known for dynamism, creativity, and depth, can provide the clinical edge needed in the final third, where Gabriel Jesus, Eddie Nketiah and others have failed to deliver consistently .
Despite the appeal of having both Neto and a traditional striker like Ivan Toney, financial constraints may force Arsenal to prioritize one over the other.
The debate among fans and pundits continues, with some asserting that a proven striker should remain the club’s top priority in the current transfer window.