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Wolves transfer news: Barcelona offer trio in Neves deal as Wolves seek record fee

Barcelona are ready to test Wolves’ resolve over Ruben Neves by offering players as part of any deal, with Wanderers keen to secure a club record fee for the player.

The Catalan giants are desperate to land the 25-year-old this summer, and see the player as a potential long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.

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But Barca are seemingly not in a position to sign Neves with a straight cash bid.

According to today’s back page of SPORT and pictured here, Barca aren’t willing to pay Wolves’ asking price and have offered Nico Gonzalez, Oscar Mingueza and Riqui Puig as makeweights.

It is not clear if Barca are offering one, two or all three players. And there is no mention of any cash offer.

Wolves are reported to want at least €50 million/£42.5 million for Neves and ideally, they’d want to secure a record sale.

But Wolves sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool in 2020, in a deal that will eventually total £45 million.

Such a claim will come as no surprise to Wolves fans.

In January, Wolves sanctioned a move for Adama Traore to go to the Nou Camp on loan.

The club negotiated an option to buy clause, but it has been widely reported that they will not be triggering that option.

Barca president Joan Laporta suggested this week that the reason for this is FFP. And he also again floated the idea of a swap deal involving the Spaniard and Francisco Trincao.

Wolves mustn’t allow Barcelona to have it their way over Ruben Neves, and club must secure record fee

Wolves should not be tempted to accept a player-plus-cash offer from Barcelona, unless the cash part of the offer is significant.

But that doesn’t feel likely given everything that has been written about Barca and their financial situation.

The good news for Wolves is that there are other clubs keen on Neves. Manchester United, Arsenal and Newcastle United are all supposedly interested.

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And so, there is a good chance that clubs fighting over him will naturally drive up his market value.

Of course, in an ideal world, Neves would sign a new deal at Molineux and continue his journey at the club.

But that just doesn’t feel likely, five years after first signing for the club.