According to Calciomercato, Wolverhampton Wanderers favourite Ruben Neves is a target for Juventus as Mauricio Sarri looks to make improvements to their midfield, and they could offer Nuno Santo a solution of his own in return to try and tempt the club into selling.
The latest report from Italy suggests that the former Chelsea boss is a huge admirer of the central midfielder as he can play in numerous roles, such as a number eight and as a number ten, with his set-piece taking qualities another desirable attribute.
It is also believed that Wolves value Neves between €40m and €50m (£33.9m-£42.4m) and to try and lower their price, the Serie A champions would offer Daniele Rugani in return.
That’s if the centre-back doesn’t leave the club for another team with Arsenal and Leicester both keen, per the same source.
Neves is a client of super-agent Jorge Mendes, who helped broker Cristiano Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Turin last summer.
It remains to be seen whether or not Wolves entertain such a deal, but it would be worth considering given their defensive struggles this season.
Nuno has suffered in the absence of his colossus Willy Boly at the back, combined with the poor form of loanee Jesus Vallejo and Ryan Bennett, leading to the Portuguese native opting for two midfielders in his back three alongside Conor Coady.
The west Midlands outfit have kept just four clean sheets in 19 matches in all competitions, the same duration the 28-year-old has been missing through injury – no coincidence.
Wolves have plenty of options in central midfield, both Romain Saiss and Leander Dendoncker could be pushed further upfield while Morgan Gibbs-White is due back from an injury of his own sometime soon, as is Bruno Jordao.
Rugani would be quite a smart addition with the ball-playing defender averaging a pass success rate of 88.9% across his entire Juventus career and in addition, an average of 4.7 clearances and 1.2 tackles per game, via WhoScored, should offer further encouragement over his defensive capabilities.
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He would appear to be a perfect fit for Nuno’s three-at-the-back system, but would they be willing to part ways with the beloved Neves? Probably not, but we’ll have to wait and see how this saga pans out.
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