Journalist Duncan Castles has given an update on Ruben Neves’ Wolves future.
He was speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, which was a Portuguese special this week with special guest Sergio Krithinas.
He’s a journalist with Portuguese outlet Record but it was Castles who felt he had more information on Neves.
It was reported earlier this week that Liverpool and Manchester United are keen on the midfielder.
“Pedro Neto was identified as a player Wolves could sell this summer but then he got injured,” he said. “Ruben Neves seems to be the one they have the highest chance of shifting in this window.
“Interesting in that Manchester City wanted to sign him two years ago and offered £60 million. At the time, Wolves’ owners said ‘no, we want £80 million’ and City stepped away.
“Wolves are asking for £50 million at the moment. Arsenal have made strong contact. Manchester United want a defensive midfielder.
“There’s a feeling the price might go as low as £40 million. He’s ready to take that next step.”
£35 million was talked about in relation to Neves in May and that didn’t go down well with some Wolves fans online.
£50 million is more like it for a midfielder who has his best years ahead of him and is a huge part of what Wolves have achieved in recent times.
£40 million would be a compromise, but that £10 million could go a long way in terms of the perception of the deal in the eyes of the fans.
The drop from two years ago when Wolves felt bold enough to turn down £60 million and hold out for £80 million can be explained by the impact of the pandemic.
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