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Journalist claims Manchester United have been working on a deal to sign Neves

Ruben Neves’ future has been talked about all summer long and it doesn’t seem like that’ll stop anytime soon.

Journalist Dean Jones claims Arsenal have tried to sign the midfielder but he isn’t convinced.

Apparently one reason for that is potential interest from Manchester United and Jones has an update on that too.

He told The Football Terrace podcast that United have started work on a deal to sign Neves this summer.

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“I know for a fact that they do like Neves, that they’ve been working on it in the background and it’s reasonably far down the line,” he said.

“And if they do want to progress with it they can, because the foundations have been laid.”

The update hardly means that Neves is going to leave the club tomorrow but it seems United have tried to lay the groundwork.

They’ve signed Jadon Sancho this summer and about to confirm Raphael Varane’s arrival, after which it would be no surprise to see them ramp up their interest in Kieran Trippier.

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They could do with a new midfielder, although plenty may well depend on whether they sell Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard to raise funds.

If they do, Wolves’ reported £50 million asking price might be in reach.

At that price, losing Neves would sting but it would also feel like Wolves got a fair deal.

But as it stands, Neves is very much a Wolves player and while there’s been a fair amount of chatter about his next move this summer, nothing much has actually progressed yet.