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Wolves transfer news: Liverpool looked at Ruben Neves in the summer

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves was apparently considered by Liverpool during the last transfer window.

The 25-year-old was expected to depart Molineux following five years at the club.

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Neves cut an emotional figure after Wolves’ final two games of the 2021/22 season, appearing to give the impression that he would leave.

But ultimately, no offers came in for Neves.

Seemingly, the asking price of £70 million was too much for potential suitors.

Neves would go on to assume the captaincy at Molineux, following the departure of Conor Coady to Everton.

Apparently, Neves did have some interest in him though.

Journalist Graeme Bailey claims that Liverpool were keen on the Portugal international.

He wrote for TEAMtalk: “Liverpool did a lot of work towards the end of the window. But in the end instead of spending they went with Arthur – a deal that that has not been a success under any measure.

“But as well as Arthur they also did major work on Konrad Laimer and Ruben Neves. Neves has been linked with a number of clubs in recent times with Manchester United and Barcelona amongst those who had shown an interest in the past 12 months or so – but whether he is available in January remains to be seen, as new boss Julen Lopetegui won’t be wanting to lose any of his big names.”

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Lopetegui has already commented on Neves. It is clear the new manager wants the maestro to stay, stating he wants him to be ‘the main actor’ for the second half of the season.

There had been a lot of talk about Barcelona coming in for the playmaker.

But their president Joan Laporta has stated the club isn’t in a position to sign any players in January.

Who knows where Wolves would be this season without Ruben Neves, as journalist makes Liverpool claim

Wolves may be bottom of the Premier League, but the team would arguably be even further adrift if not for the brilliant form of Neves.

He has been superb in the middle of the park for Wanderers, and been a brilliant captain.

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Thankfully, Liverpool seemingly didn’t push too hard to sign Neves in the end.

He would have made an amazing addition for them, and it’s clear the Reds in desperate need for a new central midfielder.

Thankfully, it seems Wolves are set to keep Neves for the whole season.