Arsenal are reportedly conscious that Ruben Neves’ asking price may be double what it was last summer.
According to The Athletic, the Gunners admire the 25-year-old from Molineux, who is seemingly set to depart after five years at the club.
Neves was seen looking emotional at the end of Wolves’ last two matches as he applauded supporters.
It’s thought that he could finally move on this summer, having been at the club for five years now.
Neves suggested an exit was a possibility after the final game with Liverpool, saying: “Everyone knows about what football is about, what our lives are about. Our careers are really short, we need to take the opportunities we have. Of course, all of us have dreams and we need to live those dreams in a short space of time.
“Let’s see what happens. I cannot say too much about it.”
Neves enjoyed a fantastic 2021/22.
Under Bruno Lage, the star took his game to a new level, and often dominated matches from midfield.
Lage has previously talked up Neves as being worth as much as £100 million.
That could potentially be wishful thinking from Wolves.
But there was a report earlier this month from the Daily Mail claiming the club would be ready to demand in the region of £70 million for the maestro.
Ruben Neves’ asking price should be sky-high after fantastic 2021/22 campaign
Many Wolves fans have already accepted the idea of Neves leaving the club this summer.
They just hope that the club will secure a transfer fee that is befitting of his quality and potential.
£70 million would seem like a fair price, for a player who is undoubtedly now one of the best in his position in the Premier League.
He’s just enjoyed his best ever season, and still has a few years of developing before actually reaching his peak. And what a player he could become, given the level he is already showing.
If Arsenal are to sign Neves, Wolves must ensure the Gunners pay a premium.