Can Wolverhampton Wanderers fend off Ruben Neves’ interest amid Manchester United and Barcelona links?

If reports are to be believed then Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona are among the clubs interested in landing the midfielder.

Ruben Neves in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@rubendsneves_
By Karthik Raman | May 31, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Ruben Neves has sparked a lot of interest across Europe, including the Premier League, making it extremely difficult for Wolverhampton Wanderers to keep him. The Portuguese midfielder has been regularly praised for his contribution at Wolves in recent years. He has been labeled as one of the best ball-playing midfielders in the division, with the 25-year-old capable of finding killer through passes and inch-perfect long balls. This quality has drawn interest from several big teams. If reports are to be believed then Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona are among the clubs interested in landing the midfielder.

‘I’m also realistic’: Technical director Scott Sellars

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ technical director Scott Sellars said he would ideally want to keep hold of Ruben Neves. “Ruben’s a top player; Ruben’s been fantastic this season and I think showed again his quality, also I think showed how happy he is here, so I think that’s something we as a club know as well. The ideal situation is we want him to stay, and I’ve spoken to him about it. But I’m also realistic that when you’ve got an outstanding player then the top clubs are going to come and try to see what the situation is. Again, it will be discussed, and what’s right for the club, and will certainly be something we’ll look at,” he told the club media.

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‘There’s probably some players that will be moving out’

The interview has indicated that even though Sellars wants to keep him at Wolves, he is “realistic” about the whole situation. Besides, he expects interest from “top clubs” this summer for their prized midfielder. It will be a difficult task for Wolves to keep hold of the Portuguese playmaker when several big clubs come knocking on the door. Manchester United are looking to revamp their midfield and are constantly linked with Frenkie de Jong and Ruben Neves. Reportedly, Barcelona and Arsenal have also joined the race to acquire the midfielder’s signature.

Neves’ market value has soared in the last few years, meaning the club can possibly get a good transfer fee from his sale, which in turn could be used to improve their existing squad. “There’s probably some players that will be moving out and I’ll certainly be pushing and driving hard to get that money to spend. I certainly get the sense that would be the feeling of what I’m allowed to do so anything that does happen I want to spend the money and certainly try to improve the squad and try to make us progress,” he further added to the club media.

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