The 17-year-old Portuguese youth player Pedro Neto, who currently plays for Braga, has attracted strong interest from Barcelona and Arsenal in particular, who have reportedly seen their bid of 13.2 million pounds rejected by the Portuguese club.
Winger Neto, who is also capable of playing anywhere across the front-line, has a buyout clause worth 17.6 million pounds and according to Portuguese publication A Bola, Arsenal had tabled an offer of 13.2 million pounds to prize away the talented teenager from Braga. However, Braga have rejected Arsenal’s bid and have claimed that they would not budge from their original valuation of the prodigy.
Along with Arsenal, FC Barcelona and Manchester United are also in pursuit for Neto and the former are expected to come up with a massive offer for the youngster in the coming days. Despite this, it is believed that the proposed fee might have match his release clause. A Bola added that Braga are unwilling to sell Neto below the price stipulated in the contract which he recently signed.
While Neto has not made more than two appearances for his club, his outings with the Portugal national team at the youth level have impressed a lot of scouts and seen his stock rise with some prominent European clubs.
Barcelona have reportedly kept tabs on him for a while now while Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is also interested in signing Neto, whom he has called a ‘future superstar’. United have not officially made a big to Braga but Mourinho is closely monitoring his compatriot’s progress.
Monaco are also believed to join the fray soon for the wonder kid. Monaco would likely offer Neto with extended minutes of first-team football compared to the other three clubs in the hunt. It will be interesting to see how this story develops and whether or not Arsenal come back with another offer after their initial bid was.