Wolves are likely to have clubs coming in for Ruben Neves this summer, with a report claiming Arsenal are already eyeing the Portuguese maestro.
According to The Sun, the Gunners are planning to splash £180 million on three players.
They are Dominic Calvert-Lewin of Everton, Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak, and Molineux hero Neves.
Arsenal, like Wolves, were quiet in January.
They didn’t bring anyone, and let a big name leave in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – mirroring Wolves’ decision to let Adama Traore depart. The pair are now teammates at Barcelona.
It seems the club are ready to make up for the lack of spending with a big spree in the summer – and it seems Wolves could be caught in the crossfire.
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The Sun’s report says Neves is a target.
He’s been with club now since 2017, joining from FC Porto.
And in a lot of Wolves’ fans eyes, he is one of the best players ever to have worn the shirt.
He is enjoying a wonderful season under Bruno Lage. And it is good that he is staying for the entirety, having been linked with a January exit. Goalkeeper Jose Sa recently branded Neves ‘amazing’ after his display against Brentford.
But Wolves may have a job on their hands keeping him beyond the summer.
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It is no surprise to read about Arsenal planning to make a move on Neves. Realistically, he’s playing too well for other clubs not to be taking note.
But the Gunners would surely need to secure Champions League football if they are to land him.
And even if they did that, it would take an enormous bid.
The Sun mention Neves has a £45 million valuation. If Fosun sold Neves for that amount, there would be hell to pay.
He is now one of the best players in his position in the Premier League. And he will still have two years left on his contract in the summer.
And it won’t be just Arsenal in for Neves, meaning his market value will be even higher.