Rumours of Ruben Neves’ exit from Wolves have fallen quiet in recent months but it seems as if Manchester United are still keen on signing the Portugal international.
The former Porto man hinted at the end of last season that he could be on the move this summer, with Barcelona amongst those interested, but amid their financial crisis (which admittedly hasn’t stopped them making a lot of expensive signings), the rumours had dispelled somewhat.
The Athletic suggested last month that there was an increasing likelihood that the 25-year-old would stay at Molineux ahead of next season, which considering his huge influence in Bruno Lage’s midfield, could only be considered good news for the Old Gold.
However, talkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has recently suggested that Manchester United could still make a move for him this summer.
He told GIVEMESPORT: “I know the club have been looking at Neves for quite a while now – right back to last summer – so that’s a possibility.”
Given Neves’ fan favourite status at Molineux, supporters would surely be devastated to see him go, especially to a side that finished just four places ahead of them in the Premier League table in the last campaign and has a reputation for ruining top players in recent seasons.
Since joining from Porto, Neves has gone on to make 212 appearances for the Old Gold, scoring 24 times – the majority of which have been long-range screamers.
Wolves’ season really fell away towards the end of last term and, with just one new signing so far, supporters will be concerned that they could be in for a season of struggle, especially if Neves were to leave.
According to WhoScored, the midfielder was the fourth-best performer (of those to make at least 10 appearances) in Lage’s side last season, so he is clearly a hugely important member of the squad.
Losing him to Manchester United would leave a bitter taste in Wolves fans’ mouths, and they will be desperate for him to stay at Molineux this summer.