Football journalist Duncan Castles has been sharing some details regarding Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves and the possibility of him leaving the Midlands club during the current summer transfer window.
This comes after Castles hosted a recent edition of The Transfer Window podcast, where he spoke about a variety of transfer-related subjects.
On the topic of Neves, who has been linked with a move away from Molineux in recent weeks, Castles had this to say.
He said: “My guidance is that they’re asking [for] £50 million at the moment, with Arsenal already having made quite strong contact with Wolves and with Neves about the deal.
“You have Manchester United also in the market for a defensive midfielder, and there’s a feeling that the price might go as low as £40 million.”
Wolves signed Neves during the 2017 summer transfer window from Portuguese club FC Porto for a fee of £16.11 million.
Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently valued at £40.5 million according to Transfermarkt, has made 176 appearances for the club across all competitions, in which he has scored 20 goals and provided 10 assists along the way.
TIF Thoughts on Duncan Castles’ comments on Neves and a potential move away from Wolves this summer…
Taking into account how Conor Coady and Nelson Semedo were the only outfield Wolves players to play more minutes than Neves in the Premier League last season, this goes to show just how important he is to the team and why the club would presumably want a significant transfer fee for him this summer, as Castles highlighted.
Do you think Wolves will sell Neves this summer?
In our view, if Wolves were to sell Neves this summer, they will have to make sure they pick up a substantial amount of money for him and use that money to bring someone in who can sufficiently replace the midfield man and what he brings to the team on the pitch.
However, with new Wolves boss Bruno Lage now in charge of the team, perhaps his view of Neves and whether or not he will even be in his plans for the future could play a part in the midfielder’s immediate future at Molineux.
Therefore, the issue could be forced if Neves’ game time was to suffer and Wolves are desperate enough to get rid of him should that situation arise.