Wolves have been on a rather impressive journey under owners Fosun since they took over the club back in 2016 which has seen the Midlands club rise out of the Championship and secure their place as a consistent Premier League club.
One player that has been a regular figure for the Old Gold in this time is midfield maestro Ruben Neves, who has been previously described as being a “terrific player” by Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
Wolves signed Neves back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Portuguese club FC Porto. Since then, the 24-year-old, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £50k-per-week according to Spotrac, has made a total of 184 appearances for the Midlands club in which he has managed to score 20 goals and provide 10 assists along the way.
So far this season, Neves has played 90 minutes in all of Wolves’ Premier League games so far this season apart from their 1-0 win over Southampton in which he made a two-minute cameo off the substitutes bench, which just goes to show how important he is for Bruno Lage’s team.
In terms of his market value, in February 2018, a few months after the midfielder joined the club, his value was listed at £13.5m according to Transfermarkt, whereas it now stands at £37.8m, highlighting just how much he has progressed and developed at Molineux in terms of his individual career.
That’s a massive increase of 180% over just three years.
In our view, taking into account Neves’ relatively young age and the fact that his current contract at the club isn’t set to expire until the summer of 2024, we feel that the midfield man has the capability of making his market value rise even further than it has done since he moved to the club if he continues to play regularly and keep chipping in with goals and assists as he has done throughout his previous seasons in the Premier League with Wolves.
However, with fellow Premier League clubs Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly having an interest in signing the midfielder during the previous summer transfer window, we feel that Wolves could potentially have a fight in their hands to keep hold of Neves if these teams or any other clubs try and sign the midfielder at some point in the future.