Barcelona manager Xavi has reportedly spoken to Ruben Neves about a potential move to the Nou Camp.
The midfielder is seen as a priority signing this summer, and it’s felt he could be a long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets.
SPORT have claimed that Xavi will be key for Barca this summer with regards to their transfer business.
He is said to have made contact with all the club’s priorities for midfield including Neves – and it’s the Wolves maestro who is seen as the most viable option.
The 25-year-old is said to be convinced by Barca’s project being headed by Xavi. He knows what the legendary former midfielder would want from him.
Neves is expected to depart Molineux this summer, with Wolves seemingly needing to cash in if they are to rebuild the team.
The player was seen looking particularly emotional after the final home game against Norwich City. He then looked pensive after the Liverpool game, and then made comments suggesting he could move on.
Few Wolves fans would begrudge him a move at this point.
And many are simply hoping that the board can secure a transfer fee that is worthy of a player of his quality and potential.
Xavi charm offensive could set the wheels in motion for Neves to join Barcelona
If Xavi really has now spoken to Neves about a move to Barcelona, then it could be that a deal comes to fruition quite soon.
But Wolves have got to ensure they are compensated appropriately for losing a top-class player.
Ideally, Wanderers will get more for Neves than they did from Liverpool for Diogo Jota (£45 million in total, BBC Sport).
It seems Neves is quite keen to head to the Nou Camp.
And it’s easy to see why. Barca have had some tough times of late, but Xavi’s arrival has put them back on the straight and narrow.
They’re in the Champions League for next season, which is a competition Neves has spoken about returning to play in.
Playing for Barca under a legend like Xavi in Europe’s top club competition is probably a very strong lure.