Wolves face the prospect of going into next season without midfield maestro Ruben Neves.

The 25-year-old has now long been linked with a move away from Molineux, and will likely be the subject of interest from multiple clubs this summer.

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Neves elevated his game to a new level this season under Bruno Lage.

He was often the standout player in games, and it is clear he has the quality to be playing for a club in a European competition.

Lage has talked up the player as being worth up to £100 million (via BBC Sport).

Wanderers would do extremely well to rake in that kind of money.

But there is certainly a good chance of the club bringing in considerably more than the £45 million Liverpool paid in total for Diogo Jota – who is the club’s biggest ever sale.

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It is vitally important that Wolves officials do secure a big fee for Neves this summer, if the decision is that he is to be sold.

This is a player who has shown amazing quality for the last year or so. And someone who is now one of the best in the Premier League in his position.

Molineux officials simply have to ensure a suitor pays a premium.

There are already some Wolves fans on social media who are slightly worried that recruitment team will not secure a good deal for Neves.

That is because we have already seen them sanction an extremely strange deal with Adama Traore’s loan to Barcelona.

Wolves officials messed up on Adama Traore, they mustn’t do the same with Ruben Neves

Potentially, Neves might be the best player to have ever pulled on a Wolves shirt.

He is a special player, and could potentially go on to become a world-class midfielder.

Wolves need to ensure they are appropriately compensated if they are going losing someone of that calibre. And it’s very possibly going to happen. Neves did look notably emotional after Saturday’s game with Norwich City.

There has been some talk about Barcelona, and Jorge Mendes potentially facilitating a deal that would involve a youngster heading to Molineux to reduce the fee involved.

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Wolves should be open to that, but the club firm.

The club were not firm when it came to handing Traore over without agreeing to an obligation to buy.

Hopefully when it comes to Neves, officials will be a little more astute.

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