Wolves are in danger of losing Ruben Neves this summer with Atletico Madrid showing an interest in the midfielder, according to El Gol Digital. Despite being a key player, his sale could be of huge benefit to the club.
Neves has been a fan favourite at Molineux over the last two seasons and has been an exceptional signing for the Midlands-based side.
He took the Championship by storm after arriving from Porto in the summer of 2017 and he’s had a similar impact in the Premier League.
As such, his performances have caught the eye of one of Europe’s top clubs, Atletico Madrid.
El Gol Digital claims that the Spanish outfit could be about to lose Thomas Partey, and as a result, are lining up Neves as his replacement.
The report also suggests that he could cost a hefty fee of €50m (£43.11m). Speculation has been rife about Neves’ future for a while with Liverpool and Manchester City both being touted as possible destinations for the Portuguese international in the past.
Neves would be a big loss to Wolves but any potential sale could help them rebuild significantly. There has been a real lack of depth at the club this season with the majority of Nuno Santo’s fringe players proving they’re not up to the level required in the Premier League.
Although a massive overhaul isn’t needed, they could significantly invest in players capable of adding depth, whilst also finding a potential shrewd replacement for Neves.
With the possibility of European competition looming, then they will have to do all they can to bolster their numbers.
Having splashed £30m to sign Raul Jimenez permanently then their reserves are unlikely to be too huge going into the summer.
Selling Neves, therefore, would be of great benefit. Not only to the finances available but it would help the club prepare for the future in what could potentially be an arduous second season in the top flight.