Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has reportedly emerged as a target for Arsenal again – but there is surely little to no chance of the Gunners poaching the 24-year-old before Monday night’s deadline.
Apparently the Gunners are keen to land a new defensive midfielder.
The Athletic claimed several players are in their sights for the position.
One of those was the Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
But the Brazilian is now being heavily linked with a move to Newcastle United.
Potentially, that might encourage Arsenal to come calling for Neves. He is clearly a player they quite like, with there being reports last summer that they wanted him.
But it would definitely be a major shock if Neves was pictured holding an Arsenal shirt in the coming days.
Neves is currently enjoying arguably his best season at the club to date, and has gone to a new level working under Bruno Lage.
He has been one of Wolves’ better players in the vast majority of games so far this season. He seems to be relishing playing under the new coach, who has placed emphasis on the team having more of the ball.
Without question, Neves is one of the best deep-lying midfielders in the Premier League at this moment in time.
Wolves will not want to lose him. Especially to a team that is only a couple of points ahead in the Premier League table.
There is growing belief now that Wolves can fight for European football again. Losing Neves would massively damage the club’s chances and, in turn, strengthen Arsenal’s.
The player has a contract until 2024, meaning Wolves are in a strong position. The club are well within their rights to demand a massive fee.
Ex-Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards recently said he felt Neves could actually now be worth £100 million.
Ruben Neves to Arsenal just isn’t happening
Arsenal will more than likely need to look at other alternatives. Because the chances of Neves moving to the Emirates in the coming days are extremely slim.
It is clear to see that Neves loves Wolves and he is massively popular both with the fans and his teammates, many of whom hail from Portugal like him. Jose Sa called him ‘amazing’ after his display against Brentford. And plenty of others have complimented him throughout the season.
It would a big surprise if he wanted to walk away from that in the middle of the season.
He was recently quoted as saying he would love to return to the Champions League, saying featuring in the competition with Wolves would be perfect.
Another reason why Arsenal should forget about going for Neves is because Adama Traore is looking likely to depart Molineux.
Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona are linked, and the feeling is that he’ll go. Fosun know they’d be public enemy number one with the fans if Neves also left in addition to the Spaniard.