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Wolves: Alcaraz could be Ruben Neves’ heir

Wolves are reportedly in talks to sign Argentine midfielder Carlos Alcaraz and the youngster could be the man to replace Ruben Neves at Molineux.

According to FC Inter News, the long-term target is already in contact with Wolves about a potential move to the Premier League, as he continues to impress in his native Argentina.

The Racing Club star contributed nine goals and two assists in 2022 and has 83 senior appearances under his belt despite only being 19 years old, so it is easy to see why he is attracting interest from abroad.

Golazo Argentina was full of praise for Alcaraz earlier this year after he scored twice in a 5-0 win against Aldosivi, writing:

“Racing two-up at half time thanks to a Carlos Alcaraz brace. The young midfielder really flourishing this season arrives in the box to take both goals superbly. May well be the next significant sale out of La Academia.”

The teenage star looks to be extremely versatile, as he has featured in a number of positions across the midfield and attack for Racing Club, but his knack for scoring goals from midfield makes him a natural heir to Neves in Julen Lopetegui’s side.

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The 25-year-old already looked likely to leave Wolves even before their woeful start to the season and it seems inevitable that his future lies away from Molineux, even if they can avoid relegation this season, as his certainly deserves to test himself against Europe’s elite.

Since joining the club from Porto in 2017, the midfield maestro has gone to make 228 appearances for the Old Gold, contributing 28 goals and 12 assists in that time, so it will be extremely tough to replace him when he does eventually move on.

The Portugal international has been far and away the top performer at Wolves this season, with his 7.00 average rating from WhoScored ranking him comfortably as their best player.

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While Wolves brought in the likes of Matheus Nunes and Boubacar Traore during the summer window, Alcaraz’s ability in front of goal and wonderkid status suggest that he could have the ability to fill Neves’ shoes at Molineux should he arrive in January.