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Wolves transfer news: Martim Neto more likely to stay at Benfica

Wolves have recently been linked with a move for Benfica starlet Martim Neto – but it seems he is now more likely to stay at Benfica.

That is the claim from A Bola, who have produced a report about the teenager’s future today, after his exploits in the UEFA Youth League final.

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Neto starred for the Benfica U19s as they blew Salzburg away 6-0.

Neto got the ball rolling by scoring the fastest goal in the history of the competition, before assisting Henrique Araujo.

He really showed his class, and afterwards he spoke about the potential for him to step up to the senior squad.

He said: “It always depends on the coach who comes. I’m going to work as usual and wait for my chance. And if I have it, I’ll grab it.”

As things currently stand, Neto is actually out of contract at Benfica at the end of the season.

Recently, Wolves were said to be eyeing a move for the talented youngster, who recently linked up with agent Jorge Mendes after parting ways with Miguel Pinho.

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In a potential blow for Wolves, A Bola say that Neto is now much closer to extending his stay with Benfica following his wonderful performance against Salzburg.

Ultimately though, it will be incoming boss Roger Schmidt who’ll make the final decision. He supposedly wants to take a look at him in pre-season (via The Sun).

Blow for Wolves over Martim Neto, but first team-ready players needed more

So it looks as though the talented Neto could be extending his stay at Benfica.

He hasn’t even appeared for their first-team yet, and the club would surely be pained to lose him given his potential.

Wolves may have to wait a couple of windows before there’s a realistic chance of signing him.

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For right now though, it’s important for Wanderers to be prioritising players who can come in and improve the first-team.

Wolves have done good things this season. But it’s absolutely vital the club get their recruitment right in the next window.

A solid window could mean the difference between challenging the big clubs and losing ground.