Agent Jorge Mendes was reportedly in talks with Barcelona on Thursday regarding the future of Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
The 25-year-old was the topic of conversation, and according to Mundo Deportivo, the maestro was offered to the Catalan giants.
Neves is thought to be high up on Barca’s list of targets.
Sergio Busquets is expected to leave the Camp Nou at the end of the season, and the club will need a top-class holding midfielder with technical and defensive quality to replace him.
Barca had wanted to sign Neves in the last transfer window.
But they simply had other positions that needed tending to first.
The club just didn’t have the means to finance a deal for Neves in addition to all the other players they brought in. It was thought that Wolves wanted around £70 million for the maestro.
But it was recently reported that Barca could be in a position to sign Neves next year, when he will only have a year left on his contract at Molineux.
Many Wolves fans accept this is likely to be Neves’ last season with Wolves.
Most expected him to depart in the last window. Even the player admitted he was surprised to still be at the club.
It was a major boost that he stayed, and so far in 2022/23 he has easily been Wolves’ best player.
But the links to Barca just will not go away, and it does seem that a move to Spain next year is likely, especially with Busquets needing to be replaced, and Mendes seemingly having heavy involvement.
Ruben Neves to Barcelona is starting to feel like a likely outcome
It would be a surprise at this point if Neves wasn’t lining up as a Barcelona player next season.
Mendes has a lot of influence for both clubs, and the midfielder is just going from strength to strength.
The star wants to play in the Champions League again and so it is unrealistic to think he would stay at Wolves beyond the current season. Especially when it was expected he would go in the last window.
He would make an exceptional replacement for Busquets.
Hopefully, Wolves can just extract as much money from Barca as possible when they inevitably come calling.