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Wolves transfer news: Neves to Barcelona may depend on Frenkie de Jong leaving

Wolves star Ruben Neves is wanted by Barcelona, but any transfer could be dependent on Frenkie de Jong leaving the club.

According to ESPN, the Catalan giants have the Wanderers maestro and Martin Zubimendi on their radar ahead of the summer.

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But Barca may need to sell Dutch international de Jong if they are to land either player.

Manager Xavi does not particularly want to lose the 25-year-old, who cost the club £75 million in 2019 (BBC Sport).

But Barcelona are said to be in a precarious financial position, and they may require his sale.

Supposedly if Barca do shift de Jong, they will take it as an opportunity to try and bring in a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets. And Wolves star Neves is someone they see taking over the Spaniard’s mantle.

de Jong’s position is that it’s his priority to stay at the Nou Camp. So potentially, Barca may find it difficult to fund a move for Neves.

Neves has been linked with Barca for a couple of months now.

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There were claims recently that Jorge Mendes could facilitate a move, that would see Wolves potentially receive a player in return.

An exit for Neves feels very likely at the moment.

In each of the last two Premier League games, he has looked emotional when acknowledging the fans.

He also suggested after the Liverpool game that he could be moving on, as the career of a footballer is short and there is a need to look at opportunities when they come along.

Barca are not the only club to hold an interest in Neves though.

Previously there have been reports that Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on the former FC Porto man.

Wolves must not settle for anything less than top dollar for Neves, as Barcelona consider de Jong sale

It remains to be seen if Barca sell de Jong this summer.

It seems the player won’t be pushing for an exit, so whether he actually ends up leaving is anyone’s guess.

If it does happen though and Barcelona come to the table for Neves, then Wolves must ensure they extract a huge fee from them.

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The Spanish heavyweights did Wolves absolutely no favourites with Adama Traore. Not that Xavi ever had any obligations with him. Wolves should never have sanctioned that move.

But if Barca do come for Neves then the club must be firm and ask for a fee that is considerably more than what Liverpool signed Diogo Jota for in 2020 (£45 million all-in, BBC Sport).