Ruben Neves has been a fan-favourite at Wolves ever since making a £16m move from Portuguese club Porto back in 2017 – and after five years playing in the West Midlands, he has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the country.
Now, it seems that one of their worst nightmares could become a reality, after journalist Dean Jones delivered a big update on the interest in the 24-year-old star, heralded as “fantastic” by Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand in recent weeks.
Transfer insider, Jones, has told GIVEMESPORT that the Portuguese midfielder isn’t likely to move to a Premier League rival – but with a certain Spanish giant who have already signed one of their star players in Adama Traore this season coming knocking, it’s a lot more possible a deal might be completed.
“There is definite interest from Barcelona in Ruben Neves,” said Jones. “That’s a bit of a worry for Wolves because they know at some point the player is going to test himself at one of the elite clubs.
“They were confident he wouldn’t jump ship for Arsenal or Manchester United right now, but Barcelona? That’s different.”
Having scored 25 times for Wolves and setting up another 11 in 204 appearances in all competitions for the club, the supporters have been worried for some time now that their star-man could be snapped up by one of the top European clubs.
As a result, this new claim on his future will surely scare them about the prospect of yet another of their top performers heading to Spain, something that would undeniably represent a big blow to their ambitions.
When a club like Barcelona come knocking, it’s usually too hard to say no to them – as demonstrated by Traore in the Summer when he was expected to move to Tottenham, but changed his mind as soon as the Catalan giants submitted a bid.
It’s beginning to become more and more unlikely that the club will get European football next season too, having lost their last three on the bounce. Combine that with Spurs returning to a bit of form, West Ham still to catch, and Southampton now just five points behind Bruno Lage’s Wolves team, the end to the term could be a concerning one.
As a result, should the club not qualify for Europe, it’s quite likely that Neves will see his immediate future elsewhere, and what better place to play his football for more than Barcelona?