Manchester City could still enter the race for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves this summer, according to the journalist DeanJones.
Neves is expected to look for a new challenge when the transfer market reopens in just a few months after five successful seasons with the Midlands side.
What is the latest news about Neves?
According to The Athletic, there is “an acceptance” within the Wolves hierarchy that Neves could be allowed to leave Molineux before the next term if an acceptable offer arrives.
And a recent Daily Mail report claimed the Portugal international was handed a £70m price tag after an outstanding 2021/22 campaign.
Premier League duo Manchester United and Arsenal are claimed to be long-time admirers of Neves, who has previously been described as “phenomenal”while European giants Juventus and Barcelona also value his services.
The technically gifted maestro has just over two years left on his current contract, so Wolves will be in a strong position around the negotiating table when it comes to discussing a potential deal.
However, Neves’ preference would be for him to stay in the Premier League, giving a boost to English clubs who are monitoring his situation.
What did Jones say about Neves?
Neves has previously expressed his desire to return to the Champions League after becoming the youngest captain in the competition with Porto in 2015.
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And Jones believes he is ‘fully capable’ of playing for any team in Europe and has even claimed he wouldn’t even rule out the prospect of the midfielder joining City.
He told GiveMeSport: “He is fully capable of playing at any of the top clubs in European positions. So it’s really a case of who has an available spot in the team that opens up for them. To be honest, it could even be Man City, I wouldn’t rule that out.
Do Man City need Neves?
The city may have captured Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, but club captain and substitute midfielder Fernandinho is set to leave the Etihad Stadium at the end of this season.
The Brazilian’s exit would leave Rodri as the only natural option at the engine room base, meaning there would surely be room for Neves in Pep Guardiola’s plans.
WhoScored also lists passing, balling, concentration, tackling and ball interceptions as some of the much-loved star’s main strengths, highlighting his ability to close the gap that Fernandinho will leave behind.
It remains to be seen if the Cityzens enter the race for Neves, but he could be an ideal candidate to come and reinforce Guardiola’s midfield options.
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