Ruben Neves’ Wolves future has attracted some interest this summer.

The notion that Wolves need to sell to buy big in Bruno Lage’s first window casts a shade of doubt over the Portuguese international’s next move.

Last month, it was claimed that reports linking Neves with Arsenal came more from Jorge Mendes than any concrete interest.

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Now, TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has an update on the midfielder’s situation.

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“This is another player Mikel Arteta has been monitoring closely,” said Crook. “But I think the trail seems to have gone cold there when it comes to Neves and Arsenal.

“Wolves have their price-tag – £35 million. They are willing to do business to generate funds for their new manager. Liverpool were mentioned to me this morning.

“And there is definite interest from Manchester United as well. What’s interesting here is Neves is a Portuguese teammate of Bruno Fernandes and he is actively trying to push Neves towards Old Trafford.”

So it seems Neves has two Champions League clubs battling it out over him, with Fernandes trying to get him to Old Trafford.

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Perhaps that lure of European football’s top competition could tempt Neves – but as Crook says, Wolves have their price.

 

Back in May, when that £35 million figure was first mooted, it’s fair to say some Wolves fans weren’t impressed.

They’d want more for the midfielder and that’s no surprise; he’s such a key part of the club’s recent success and he’s only going to get better.

Would Liverpool or United even get to £35 million? Liverpool are notoriously frugal and have already bought Ibrahima Konate.

United have already spent big on Jadon Sancho and seem to have Raphael Varane and Kieran Trippier in their sights after that. Is there the budget there for Neves?

So it’s clear there’s a lot to do, and as it stands, you’d bet on Neves being a Wolves player by the time next season starts.

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