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The potentially ominous Tony Roberts comment as new Neves to Barcelona reports emerge

Reports are suggesting that Ruben Neves might not be a Wolves player for much longer.

The midfielder had been expected to depart Molineux during the last transfer window.

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But to many people’s surprise, he stayed put and then assumed the captaincy following the exit of Conor Coady.

But since the closure of the last window, there has been speculation about Neves and his future. And most of the talk has been about interest from Barcelona.

The Spanish giants supposedly wanted him in the summer but just couldn’t afford him, as well as a host of other players.

The see him as a replacement for veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets, who’ll be leaving the Camp Nou next year.

It has been claimed that Wolves could be making a move for Neves as early as January. SPORT reported that Barca could even make a loan swoop, and that there will be an obligation to buy clause.

Those claims have done little for the mood of many Wolves fans, who have been aghast at what they have seen from their team this season.

The thought of losing Neves mid-season is not a nice one. But it’s something that could genuinely come to fruition. Especially since the Wolves board has history of sanctioning questionable moves mid-season.

Some Wolves supporters on social media have pointed out something potentially quite ominous in this whole situation.

Last month, Neves deservedly claimed Wolves’ Player of the Month award for September.

Wolves got goalkeeper coach Tony Roberts to present Neves with his award as he was coming into Compton Park one day.

He said: “Congratulations, you’ve won Player of the Month for September. You OK? Congratulations, well done. Just do it for the next three months, yeah? Top man, superb.”

Given the increasing amount of stories about Barcelona’s interest in Neves, the comment from Roberts is starting to feel a little ominous.

Tony Roberts comment may suggest a deal is in the offing for Ruben Neves to join Barcelona

It was kind of skipped over at the time. But the comment last month from Roberts is certainly interesting now that reports are gathering pace about Neves and Barcelona.

One wonders if something has actually been in the pipeline for a while.

It would be no surprise if something was, because Neves was supposed to leave in the last window and it just didn’t materialise for him in the end.

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If he does depart in January, then it is a major, major risk from Wolves.

Really, the club should be retaining him until the end of the season. And if that means taking less money for him next summer, then so be it. Wolves’ Premier League status is under huge threat, and Neves is crucial to survival.