Wolves are reportedly excited about young midfield duo Boubacar Traore and Joao Gomes, with Ruben Neves set to leave the club this summer.

The Telegraph have reported that the club are facing up to life after the Portuguese maestro this summer.

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Neves has been with Wolves since 2017, and the feeling is that he will depart in the next window having been an amazing servant to the club.

He’ll only have one year left on his contract, and Wolves are ready to listen to offers around the £40 million mark.

The club of course want him to stay. But the Telegraph state that contract negotiations have been placed on hold for the time being, which perhaps tells its own story.

Neves has spoken previously about his desire to play in the Champions League again.

Wolves have had a little glimpse into potential life without Neves in the past couple of weeks.

He couldn’t play against Chelsea or Brentford due to being suspended, so Julen Lopetegui went with Mario Lemina and Gomes in midfield.

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The pair were outstanding in both games, and seemingly that has made Wolves officials feel a little better regarding Neves and the possibility of him being sold.

The Telegraph say that Wolves feel very excited about Gomes and have ‘high hopes’ for him. And it is also claimed they see Traore as a ‘top prospect’.

He’s yet to feature under Lopetegui having been injured. But he did play for the U21s recently and could soon get a first-team chance again.

Evidence is there to suggest Wolves will be just fine without Ruben Neves

When Neves leaves Wolves, it will sting a lot.

He has given so much for the club and provided so many amazing memories.

He will go on to have a fantastic career and it will be great watching him turn out for a top club – he really deserves that.

But Wolves are going to be fine without him.

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We have seen recently that Lemina and Gomes are a really exciting partnership together.

Matheus Nunes has been playing out wide recently. But he is very much an option to play in the middle.

And then you have Traore, who has become something of a forgotten man of late because of his injury problems. He was looking like a serious talent before the World Cup.

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