Ruben Neves has reportedly had an agreement to join Barcelona since April – but there is no guarantee the move will happen.
That is according to renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has tweeted this morning about the Wolves captain.
He says that Neves is currently ‘waiting’, and will continue to wait for Barcelona.
At the moment, personal terms are agreed. And they apparently have been since the end of April with his agent Jorge Mendes.
Right now, the hold up is that Barca can’t proceed due to FFP. The player is also not a priority for Xavi.
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While the Spanish great thinks Neves is a good player, he prefers Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad. It appears that the interest in Neves is mainly coming from the top.
Romano then has a line on Ansu Fati, the player who could be key in bringing a deal to fruition.
Apparently, Mendes is trying to push Fati to Molineux.
This will mean that Barca do not have to pay any money for Neves.
But Romano says that it is not guaranteed at all that Fati will join Wolves in the deal. Therefore, there is a bit of jeopardy about the deal.
It has been reported for weeks that Fati is not really set on joining Wolves, and this is what could ultimately scupper the deal, unless Barca can find a way of stumping up the cash.
Wolves have previously set to £45 million asking price on Neves.
But recently, the club’s financial problems came to light. So it could be that they are forced to accept a lower fee for Neves.
Ruben Neves to Barcelona saga could well rumble on all summer
So Neves is currently waiting on Barcelona to find a way of actually bringing him to Camp Nou.
It is clear at this point that the Spanish giants are his dream move.
There is potential here for this saga to rumble on throughout the summer.
And that would not suit Wolves at all, given the need to make player sales to balance the books.