Football presenter and pundit Niall McCaughan has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves potentially leaving the club during the upcoming summer transfer window for a move to fellow Premier League side Arsenal.
This comes after McCaughan made an appearance on a recent episode of Football Social Daily, where he spoke about a range of news topics concerning a variety of Premier League clubs.
On the subject of Neves, who has been recently linked with a move to the Gunners, McCaughan had this to say about the potential move.
He said: “I mean, Ruben Neves would be a good signing for Arsenal, I just can’t see it happening.
“Wolves to Arsenal is a step up, there’s no doubt about that in terms of the size of the club, the wages, etc, etc.
“But at the moment, it’s just hard to see Arsenal signing anyone and getting it right. They couldn’t even sign [Emiliano] Buendia. If they couldn’t agree a deal with Norwich for Buendia at £40 million, Wolves aren’t going to sell Ruben Neves to them, are they?
“Neves is probably worth as much as Buendia and I can’t see from the logic that’s being applied here, from what we’ve seen between Villa and Norwich in this Buendia transfer and then Arsenal sort of being the outlier here, I just can’t see it happening.”
Wolves signed Neves back in the 2017 summer transfer window from FC Porto for what was a club-record fee. Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £40.5 million as per Transfermarkt, has made 176 appearances for the Old Gold across all competitions, in which he has managed to score 20 goals and provide 10 assists.
TIF Thoughts on Niall McCaughan’s comments on a potential move to Arsenal for Neves…
Given how Arsenal missed out on the signing of Emi Buendia to Aston Villa recently, as McCaughan alluded to, it’s clear to see why he isn’t feeling particularly confident in the north London club’s abilities to secure Neves this summer.
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Taking into account how only Rui Patricio, Conor Coady and Nelson Semedo played more minutes than Neves in the Premier League this season, this shows just how important he is to the team and why the club could be reluctant to sell him to Arsenal this summer.
Also, with Bruno Lage looking likely to be announced as the club’s new permanent manager, there’s every possibility that he would want to keep hold of Neves moving forward with that in mind.