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Report: Barcelona eyeing Ruben Neves to replace MLS-bound Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets will leave Barcelona at the end of the season – and the Spanish giants could renew their interest in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.

The maestro was reportedly courted by Barca during the summer.

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But in the end, no bid was forthcoming, with Xavi seemingly happy with his options. The club’s financial situation may also have played a part, with Wolves placing a £70 million asking price on the 25-year-old.

Neves stayed at Wolves, and has started the 2022/23 season in fantastic form.

And it appears Barca have been observing.

According to Marca, the club still have interest in Neves, who is described as ‘a big target’.

It is stated that Jorge Mendes could play a role in any deal, with the super agent having a good working relationship with Barca president Joan Laporta.

Wolves officials were delighted to keep hold of Neves in the last window. And there have been reports that the club would like to tie Neves down to a new contract at Molineux.

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It remains to be seen if the player will agree fresh terms.

Wolves have not started the new campaign very well, so it could be that he holds off signing for a while.

He may not want to extend at all. Or he may extend but only on the condition that a reasonable release clause is inserted.

Barcelona interest in Ruben Neves won’t go away and Wolves should brac for impact

So Barca remain keen on Neves, and that’s no real surprise.

The star is fast becoming one of the best deep-lying playmakers in the world, and he would make a genuinely brilliant replacement for Busquets.

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We know how good Neves is on the ball, but this season he has also been very strong defensively.

It remains to be seen if Barca do come in with a bid in the coming windows. Hopefully before that happens Wolves will have successfully tied him down to a new contract.

It could be wishful thinking, but you never know.