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Manchester United linked with move for Ruben Neves

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves as the transfer window starts to take shape.

What’s the story?

According to talkSPORT, the Red Devils are winning the race for the 24-year-old’s signature this summer, with fellow Premier League side Arsenal also credited with an interest.

Reporter Alex Crook claims United are in pole position to sign Neves and that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants the Portugal international at Old Trafford next season whether Paul Pogba remains at the club or not.

“Neves is another player Mikel Arteta has been monitoring very closely, but the trail seems to have gone cold there over a move to Arsenal,” Crook told talkSPORT host Jim White.

“Wolves have their price tag, £35m, and they’re willing to do business to try and generate some funds for their new manager Bruno Lage. Liverpool were mentioned to me, but there’s definite interest from Manchester United.

“Ruben Neves is a Portuguese teammate of Bruno Fernandes, and he is actively trying to push Neves towards Old Trafford. They do want another midfielder regardless of Paul Pogba’s future at the club.”

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Fans should be concerned

At just 18, Neves became the youngest player to ever captain a Champions League game when he led out Porto against Maccabi Tel Aviv, but he’s arguably struggled to live up to his early promise.

Despite helping Wolves to the Championship title in 2017/18 and to two consecutive seventh-place finishes in the top-flight standings, the technically gifted maestro has failed to show the required quality needed at United.

Solskjaer’s current options in the holding midfielder role are Brazil international Fred and Scotland’s Scott McTominay. Although both have their critics, the duo have been dependable performers in recent years, and their underlying numbers are favourable compared to Neves’.

While the Wolves midfielder recorded a pass accuracy of 84.3% in 2020/21, McTominay achieved 87.3% and Fred 88.2%.

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The former Porto man also lagged behind the United duo in terms of interceptions, managing only 1.55 per 90 compared to Fred’s 1.77 and McTominay’s 2.15.

Although Neves bettered McTominay in terms of tackles, winning 3.03 per 90 compared to the Scotland internationals 2.03, Fred once again bettered them both with 3.31.

The same scenario occurred in terms of shot-creating actions per 90, with Fred managing 2.52, Neves 2.09 and McTominay 1.4.

Therefore, the United supporters should be concerned about this latest transfer revelation. If Solskjaer wants to end the club’s longest trophy drought in over 30 years and return the Red Devils to the summit of English football, then quality additions will be needed ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Neves is no better than the options already available to him.

And, in other news…Imagine him & Fernandes: Ole must unleash “perfect” £27m-rated Man Utd star next term 

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