Barcelona could reportedly make a play to sign Ruben Neves on loan from Wolves in January, before then paying to sign him in the summer of 2023.
SPORT are reporting today that the Catalan giants have been in talks with Jorge Mendes over the Molineux captain.
The super agent has apparently been presenting alternative ways for Barca to sign the 25-year-old.
Mendes is supposedly now waiting for Joan Laporta to decide how he wants to proceed.
The situation is said to be ‘very advanced’, although they are also still looking at other options like Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad.
It is starting to feel like it is only a matter of time before Neves leaves Wolves to join Barcelona.
The links won’t go away, and Sergio Busquets is moving on at the end of the season and needs replacing.
Neves recently spoke about Barca publicly, admitting that all players would probably like to make a move to Camp Nou in their careers.
Wolves are obviously really struggling at the moment, and it’s difficult to see how Neves stays at the club much longer.
It remains to be seen whether the Portuguese maestro would be allowed to depart in the middle of the season.
Were that to happen, there would likely be many furious Wolves supporters.
Wolves can’t let Ruben Neves go in the middle of the season, there’s far more value in keeping him
Wolves must not let Neves go in January. Doing so could genuinely result in relegation.
It is clear that the player likes the idea of going there, but it’s hard to see him pushing to make the move happen in the next window.
Neves is a loyal player, and would surely not try to jump ship especially when it looks as though Wolves could be heading for relegation.
Wolves can’t entertain a loan, even if that would include a mandatory purchase option.