Journalist Alex Crook has claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers were ‘banking’ on the departure of Ruben Neves to bring in funds for a rebuild.
Wolves midfielder Neves has been linked with a move away from Molineux, with fellow Premier League side Manchester United keen on bringing him to Old Trafford, though they have become disinterested because of the price tag set.
There have been several other clubs that have shown interest in the Portuguese midfielder, such as Arsenal, Newcastle United, and Barcelona, but talk has slowed down in recent weeks.
Despite several clubs showing interest in Neves, Crook has claimed to GiveMeSport that the price tag set by Wolves has scared people off, so the fans may be getting worried with the lack of recruitment.
“I think they [Wolves] felt they’d have more offers than they have for Neves.
“I think the price tag they put in was £75m, ultimately that has put people off.
“I think they were banking on him to be sold to free up some money to enable Bruno Lage to rebuild.
“I think the fans are starting to get a bit worried again,” Crook said.
Is Neves worth £75 million?
TIF Thoughts on Crook’s comments…
Neves was one of the standout performers for Wolves last season – he had the highest average player rating in the squad (as per SofaScore) – but Lage might have been keen to cash in on him so that they can use the funds accrued for him to invest in the rest of the squad.
However, there has been no sign of any incomings as of yet at Molineux, and their attempt to get as much money for Neves has worked against them as they have seemingly scared off those interested. So, unless Wolves can use funds from elsewhere to invest in the squad, things do not look great for Lage.