TalkSport insider Alex Crook has provided an update on the future of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, with Liverpool now mentioned as a potential destination.
The Portuguese midfielder has played an incredibly important part in helping Wolves become the established Premier League team that they are today. He earned a spot in the EFL Championship Team of the Year, scoring some sensational goals along the way as Wolves won the title in his debut season. Beyond that, he was a near-ever-present as they achieved back-to-back 7th-place finishes in the top flight.
However, with new man Bruno Lage at the helm, it looks as if his time at the club could be about to come to an end as, speaking on TalkSport, Crook claimed that there were a couple of big clubs vying for his signature.
He said: “Well, this is another player that I know Mikel Arteta has been monitoring very closely, but I think that the trail seems to have gone cold there when it comes to Neves and Arsenal. Wolves have their price tag, £35m, they’re willing to do business to try and generate some funds for their new manager, Bruno Lage, to mould the squad in his image.
“Liverpool were mentioned to me this morning, and there’s definite interest from Manchester United as well. And what’s interesting here is that Ruben Neves, of course, is a Portuguese teammate of Bruno Fernandes, and he is actively trying to push Neves towards Old Trafford. They do want another midfielder.”
TIF Thoughts on Alex Crook’s comments about Ruben Neves…
Should Wolves sell Ruben Neves this summer?
Even if Arsenal are supposedly out of the running for Neves, the fact that there are still two clubs – and two rather big ones, at that – still after him can only be a good thing for Wolves.
It does sound like they are pretty much planning for life without Neves based on what Crook has said when it comes to their asking price and wanting to generate funds, so the more clubs that they can get interested in buying him, then the more likely they can turn this into a bidding war.
And with Liverpool and Manchester United both showing that they are willing to spend big money in recent windows, then hopefully Wolves will be able to reap the benefits of it and squeeze every penny they can out of the deal to give Lage the best chance of being able to fund the squad.