Tottenham ‘told’ they’ll need to break transfer record to steal Mo Salah replacement | Football | Sport

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Tottenham have reportedly been told they will have to break their transfer record if they want to sign Arsenal and Liverpool target Pedro Neto.

The Wolves winger has been in sensational form this season and registered his eleventh assist of the season on the weekend as Gary O’Neill’s side put Spurs to the sword on their own patch. Neto has long been a target for Arsenal but a deal has yet to materialise despite intense speculation during the summer and January windows.

The Evening Standard claim that Arsenal and Tottenham are not the only ones who appreciate the tricky Portuguese winger with Liverpool also admirers. Liverpool are already having to plan for the future without Jurgen Klopp and could yet see Mo Salah follow him out the door, with Mark Lawrenson claiming he will ‘definitely’ leave them in the summer for Saudi Arabia.

As such, Liverpool have begun looking at potential replacements and the Standard claim that Neto is one of their options. However, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool have been warned he will not come cheap with Wolves slapping a £60m-plus price tag on his head, according to the same publication.

That would represent a club-record transfer for Tottenham, who haven’t paid more than the £63m they spent on Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman ended up being a huge flop and may have cost less than £60m overall because the deal included significant add-ons.

Spurs also splashed out £60m on Richarlison back in the summer of 2022 but it seems that they will forced to dig deep into their pockets if they want to bring Neto to London. Ange Postecoglou got a first-hand experience of how dangerous Neto can be on Saturday as the winger helped Wolves claim an impressive 2-1 away win against his side courtesy of two Joao Gomes strikes.

The defeat saw Spurs slump to fifth in the table and give up ground in the race for a top-four finish. A disappointed Postecoglou said afterwards: “There’s no tricks, it’s hard work.

“I’m not a magician, I’m a football manager. It’s hard work which these guys have done all year. We’ve got to this point, which is pretty decent, on the back of some hard work and that’s what we’ll keep doing.

“We didn’t start the game well. We controlled the game well enough, we just weren’t threatening enough.

“We’ve had a lot of injuries this year, we’ve certainly performed better than that when we have had injuries. So I don’t think that’s the reason. Our general level of performance wasn’t where it should be.”

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