This summer will witness the most change Wolves have had since Fosun bought the club.
Nuno Santo has left in search of pastures new with a fresh manager, potentially Bruno Lage, arriving at Molineux.
With that in mind, a number of their best players could also depart.
A plethora of names have been linked with a move away from the Old Gold this summer with the likes of Rui Patricio and Nelson Semedo catching the eye of Roma.
Adama Traore’s future is also in doubt despite contract talks ongoing but one player who looks more certain to leave is Ruben Neves.
In a crushing reveal by The Athletic’s Tim Spiers, he revealed that in order to buy big this summer, Wolves will have to sell some of their prized assets.
Consequently, Neves could be one of the players to make way. It’s thought Wolves would be willing to let him depart if they receive an offer in the region of £35m.
When you look at the players that Nuno took to the next level at Molineux, Neves would be right at the top of the pile.
The Portuguese midfielder was brought in from Porto as the most expensive signing in Championship history, giving up Porto’s captaincy and a place in the Champions League for the chance of reaching the top-flight in England.
Neves hasn’t disappointed and has lived up to all of the hype in the Midlands, seeing his transfer value rise by an astronomical 200%.
Thus, he could leave just as he’s beginning to add even more to his game. During 2020/21, the Portugal international has made more passes per game in the final third than he’s done over the last four seasons.
A player capable of producing golden moments, few in the British game have a better sight of the goal from outside the box. In August 2019, the midfielder racked up a 13th goal for Wolves. That happened to be a tenth from outside the box in Old Gold.
At that moment in time, only Harry Wilson (12) and Christian Eriksen (11) had scored more often from that range since Neves came to England.
He has been Wolves’ quarterback for a number of years now. Neves dictates play, can score goals and lays the foundations to transition from defence to attack quickly.
With Joao Moutinho in the later stages of his career, keeping the 24-year-old at this moment in time is absolutely imperative.
Wolves fans may want to see the club spend this summer but they will have every right to be seething if they do so by selling their best players.
Neves is one of the first names on the team sheet. He’s only missed two Premier League games in the last 24 months. Therefore, to lose him would be a devastating blow.