Wolves are reportedly ready to demand £70 million for Ruben Neves this summer.
According to the Telegraph, the club are looking to really make the most of the fantastic season the midfield maestro just had by demanding a premium price.
Neves took his game to a new level in 2021/22.
The star was often the standout performer for Bruno Lage’s side.
Ultimately, it was a disappointing end to the season for Wolves, with the club finishing 10th.
That may have been an improvement on last season (13th), but the feeling at the end for many was that Wolves really bottled a fantastic opportunity to secure European football of some kind for 2022/23.
Neves picking up an injury towards the end of the campaign did not help.
The star had to go off in the game against Leeds United in March, and he missed the next three games before returning to play half a game against Brighton.
It was clear that the injury had disrupted his momentum in the final handful of games.
Despite that, Wolves are ready to demand £70 million for Neves, which would by be far and away a club record for a player sale.
At the moment the holder of that record is Diogo Jota, who signed for Liverpool in 202 for £45 million.
At present, Manchester United and Barcelona are interested in Neves.
But there remain questions about Barca’s ability to make big signings this summer, with Joan Laporta recently suggesting they are wary of FFP.
£70 million for Ruben Neves would be fantastic business by Wolves
If Wolves are able to get £70 million for Neves then that would be really good business.
The club signed him five years ago from Porto for around £16 million. So the club would be selling him for over four times their original investment.
Given Neves only has a couple of years left on his contract at Molineux, that would be really good going.
Lage previously suggested Neves could be worth up to £100 million.
Realistically though, £70 million would be a fair price for a suitor to pay.