Wolves have announced the double signing of Lazio prospects Pedro Neto and Bruno Jordao on long-term contracts for an undisclosed fee.
The duo, who were together at Portuguese side Braga before spending the last two years on loan in Serie A, have penned five-year contracts until the summer of 2024 and are clients of Jorges Mendes, who has worked closely with Wolves on numerous transfers in the last three years. Neto and Jordao only joined Lazio this summer on a permanent basis for just under £24m after they were said to be set to sign for Benfica, until Wolves stepped in. Neto claimed he turned down offers from Manchester United and Barcelona when he joined Lazio.
Neto, a 19-year-old wide player who is left footed, progressed to Braga’s senior side after joining them at 13. At just 17, the Portugal Under-20 international scored his first goal minutes into his debut to become Braga’s youngest scorer in the Primeira Liga, in a 4-0 win against already relegated Nacional.
Jordao, a 20-year-old midfielder, burst on to the scene at Portuguese outfit Uniao de Leiria, where he spent a season in the first-team at just 16, scoring four goals in 23 games. The Portugal Under-21 international then switched to Braga where he played several times for the club’s reserve side before he joined Neto on loan at Lazio, playing three times for the Italian outfit’s first team.
Sporting director Kevin Thelwell sees them as progressing to the first-team picture soon. “We don’t want to put too much pressure on them in the early stages of their time here, but in due course we hope we will see good examples of their true potential and quality at first-team level,” he said. “They’re two very talented individuals in positions we’re keen to add to. But with both Pedro and Bruno it’s more about their potential for the future.
“We see signing young talent as a way forward; for example, Morgan Gibbs-White from the Academy, several other young players from the Academy who have been in the first-team recently, and Ruben Vinagre, who we signed at a very young age.
“We think these two guys are right up there at that level and have both got high potential to be successful here at Wolves. However, we expect it will take time for them to break into the first-team as they’re so young and they’re playing in a new country and a new environment, but we will try to integrate them into the first-team group as much as possible.”