Wolves are determined to keep Ruben Neves this month, with three Premier League clubs placing him on their shortlist.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed yet another fantastic campaign at Molineux so far.
Wolves have struggled as a collective for the most part. But Neves’ form has been impressive and he has made a seamless transition to becoming club captain.
For a lot of Wolves fans, it is a surprise that Neves is still at the club.
Many expected him to depart last summer. Especially after seeing how emotional he was after the final two Premier League games against Norwich City and Liverpool.
But Neves didn’t end up going anywhere, in what was a huge boost for the club.
Neves’ contract is winding down. He now only has 18 months left on his deal.
There has been a bit of speculation that he might go this month. But Julen Lopetegui does not want that, and sees the Portuguese as one his ‘main actors’.
This is amid interest from a few clubs. Apparently, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have all placed Neves on their shortlist.
It is also mentioned that Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona have all had long-standing interest.
So far in 2022/23, Neves has played 90 minutes in every Premier League game, apart from against Chelsea when he was suspended.
Wolves have to keep Ruben Neves this month, and they surely will
Neves is an absolutely critical player for Wolves.
He’s arguably the best player, and has also developed into a fine leader this season.
It is paramount that he stays at Molineux. Offloading him would undo all the good work the club is doing in the transfer window right now.
Lopetegui surely will not allow Neves to leave. And the player himself is probably very unlikely to push for an exit as he knows what the mission is and he loves the club.
Clubs may test Wolves’ resolve in the form of offers. But Wanderers must stand firm. Yes, his value will be lower in the summer. But he’ll have hopefully played a big part in helping Wolves retain their Premier League status.