Wolverhampton Wanderers would like a close club-record transfer fee to allow Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves to leave Molineux this summer.
Spanish release sport reported that Wolves want a near ‘record fee’ to part ways with Neves in the next transfer window and want a €50m (£42.5m) fee to allow the midfielder to part ways with Bruno Lage’s team.
The report claims that in recent days Premier League trio Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United have all contacted Old Gold over Neves’ availability and the English trio have expressed interest in signing the former Porto man .
It also suggests that Spanish side Barcelona would like to bring the midfielder to the club as well. However, they are believed to be unwilling to pay so much to sign Neves. The midfielder recently admitted that while he enjoys being at Wolves, if any other opportunities arise in the coming months they may prove too good to pass up.
“Everyone knows what football is, what our lives are,” Neves told The Athletic. “Our careers are really short, we have to seize the opportunities that come our way. Of course, we all have dreams and we have to live those dreams in a short period of time. Let’s see what happens. I can’t say too much.
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“This club means everything to me, to my family,” added Neves. “My children grew up in Wolverhampton, I have three children, they were all born when I was here. It means a lot to me and the people mean a lot to me because they really helped me settle here For me, for my family, everyone is really important.
“If I go there, it would be really difficult for me and my family. But, as I told you, we have dreams to live in a short period of time. And if something happens, that’s why I was so emotional the last game at home because I don’t know how it’s going to be. If it was my last game, it was really important. But I don’t know anything yet. So, for now, I’m only thinking about my holidays and the national team.
While Neves’ season with Wolves is over, he still has international football with Portugal to prepare for before his summer break. Portugal will play the first four of their group matches in the latest edition of the UEFA Nations League, facing Spain (June 2), Switzerland (June 5), the Czech Republic (June 9) and finishing with a return meeting with Switzerland (June 12). ).
Since arriving from Porto in 2017, Neves has played 212 times in all competitions for Old Gold, scoring 24 goals in that time. Neves has been a regular for club and country in recent years, playing 26 times for his country.
Manchester United are expected to be on the hunt for a new midfielder this summer, with Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all set to leave.
Wolves sold Portuguese striker Diogo Jota to Liverpool two summers ago for £41m.