Wolves would be on the wrong end of the deal if they let Neves go to Milan

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According to Sport Mediaset, AC Milan could be set to offer Andre Silva in part-exchange for Wolves’ Ruben Neves.

What’s the word?

Wolves’ transfer window so far has been incredibly quiet with no incomings to note as of yet.

Helder Costa has sealed a loan switch to Leeds but besides from that, it doesn’t look as they’ll be sparked into life very soon.

However, Wolves Bite have claimed that they are in the market for a defender, midfielder and a striker.

One of those forwards could well be Andre Silva who Sport Mediaset suggest might be used in an offer from Milan to sign Neves.

The report states that Wolves have already pondered a deal for Silva worth €30m (£26.9m), but that the Midlands outfit value their midfield star at €45m (£40.3m).

As a result, the Italian giants look set to offer €15m (£13.4m) plus their 23-year-old striker for Neves’ services.

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A terrible deal

It’s safe to say that if Wolves agreed to this deal they’d feel absolutely robbed.

The fact of the matter is that Neves is without a doubt one of their most important players and is someone Nuno Santo has almost run out of superlatives for.

In the past, he’s described the 6-foot midfielder as a player with quality and talent, as well as hailing him as a perfectionist.

Last season the 22-year-old scored four goals, claimed three assists and still found room to have an impact in defensive situations, completing 2.1 tackles per game.

And on that evidence, they’d be making a huge mistake in letting him go, especially for a price tag of €15m (£13.4m) plus a striker who is unlikely to improve them.

Silva has had a largely disappointing couple of years and despite scoring nine league goals in 2018/19 for Sevilla, has only found the net twice since November. He meanwhile only netted ten times in 2017/18.

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Wolves’ attacking ranks are incredibly settled, boasting both Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez who had fantastic campaigns.

The former found the net ten times whilst the Mexican scored 17 in all competitions throughout the season just gone.

Bearing that in mind, Silva would be highly unlikely to get into the side if he does join and if it’s at the expense of Neves leaving too, they’d have every right to feel robbed if they were convinced into doing the deal.

It seems highly unlikely that any move would materialise, but the stats provide plenty of evidence as to why it wouldn’t benefit Nuno and his side.