Transfer insider Dean Jones has provided his views on the future of Ruben Neves at Wolves following speculation over his future.
The Portuguese midfielder has certainly had a phenomenal few years at Molineux. He impressed right out of the gate in his debut season by earning a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Year and scoring some sensational goals along the way as Wolves won the title. He continued that by being a near-ever-present as they achieved back-to-back 7th-placed finishes.
It appears now though as if his time at the club could be coming to an end, with Arsenal reportedly showing an interest and Wolves set to demand £40m for his services. And speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones feels that given the circumstances surrounding both the player and the club, now seems like the right time for the two to part ways:
“I think for Neves, I think he’s probably just got to the point where he feels the need for change. He’s been there for four years, probably ready to have a new challenge and Wolves, I guess, looking to move on the squad at some point as well; they need to transition.
“They’ll look at the value that they got for [Diogo] Jota last year from Liverpool and they’ll look for something in that same ballpark figure. So I think around £40m seems reasonable.”
TIF Thoughts on Dean Jones’ comments about Ruben Neves’ future…
This summer is a very important one for Wolves as they look to bounce back from what was a disappointing 2020/21 campaign that saw them drop from 7th to 13th in the league, and selling such a high-value player can provide new boss Bruno Lage some great ammunition to spend in the transfer window to bring in any new players that he might want.
And after the impact that he has made, helping Wolves become a settled side in the Premier League with their trip to Europe thrown in there as well, based on what they initially paid for him it is fair to say that he has more than repaid his transfer fee, so it’s not as if fans should be angry if he were to move on at this stage in his career.