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Wolves need to command Diogo Jota-esque fee for Ruben Neves

Nuno Espirito Santo has departed, and now Wolverhampton Wanderers midfield maestro Ruben Neves is being linked with an exit from Molineux.

The Athletic have claimed today that Fosun expect to sell the 24-year-old for around £35 million this summer.

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The idea of Wolves making a big sale or two this summer has been floated around previously.

But this claim about Neves has upset a lot of supporters.

It’s not so much the idea of him moving on.

Many fans recognise he is a fantastic talent and accept he has the ability and potential to play for a top club.

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What seems to be behind the anger today is the supposed £35 million asking price.

It’s understandable.

This is a player that has been at the very forefront of everything that’s been good about Wolves under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Neves arrived from FC Porto in 2017 and has enjoyed a tremendous rise with the club.

Aside from mobility, there isn’t really a weak aspect to his game.

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He is obviously renowned for his long passing from deeper midfielder positions, and of course scoring long-range stunners – although he is slightly overdue in that respect.

As he’s shown this season, he can also score goals from inside the box when pushed further forwards, and he was also particularly good when it came to tackling (joint-sixth in the league with 86).

Neves has a contract until 2023 according to Transfermarkt and is still only 24 years of age.

With the Premier League experience he has, and his fantastic availability record, he’s simply got to be worth more than £35 million.

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Fosun should surely be looking to try and secure a fee similar to what was negotiated for Diogo Jota – £45 million all-in according to BBC Sport.

He’s just as important to Wolves as Jota was and the compensation needs to be around the same if not slightly more.

In an ideal world Wolves wouldn’t be looking to sell at all, but given the finanically tough times it’s no surprise to be reading about such a possibility.