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Wolves transfer news: Wolves have valued Neves £42 million, Barcelona put off

Wolves have reportedly valued midfielder Ruben Neves at £42 million, a price tag that has put Barcelona off making a summer move.

According to AS, Barca have now ‘totally ruled out’ moving for the Portugal international.

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There were reports earlier this week that the Catalan giants saw Neves as a possible long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.

The Spain international will only have a year left on his contract this summer.

But it looks as though they won’t be making a move for Neves, after Wanderers slapped a £42 million valuation on the player.

Barcelona’s financial issues in recent times have been well documented.

Joan Laporta recently admitted the club was in a difficult position, and failed to give assurances that they would purchase Adama Traore at the end of the season.

Ruben Neves is worth much more than £42 million

It is hard to believe that Wolves would put a valuation of just £42 million on Neves.

This season, the 25-year-old has gone to a different level under Bruno Lage.

Arguably, he is Wanderers’ best player, and is outstanding most games he plays.

He has such a well-rounded game, and is already very much one of the leaders in the Wolves dressing room.

Arguably now, he is one of the best players in his position in the Premier League. So £42 million seems far too cheap.

In 2020, Wanderers sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool for £45 million in total (BBC Sport). If Neves is to be sold, it has to be for a much higher fee than that.

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Former Molineux midfielder Dave Edwards suggested earlier this week that Neves would be worth closer to £80 million, which is probably more realistic.

Given the level of interest Neves is likely to command this summer, it is not beyond the realms of possibility Wolves could secure such a fee.

Of course in an ideal world though, Wolves will keep Neves and he’ll extend his contract.