Man United and Arsenal get a boost in hunt to sign Wolves' Ruben Neves

Man United and Arsenal receive a boost in their bid to sign Ruben Neves with Wolves ‘preparing for life without their captain next season’ after placing a £40m price tag on the Portuguese midfielder

  • Wolves are preparing for next season without their captain Ruben Neves 
  • It is a boost to Man United and Arsenal who want to sign the £40m midfielder 
  • Wolves have performed well during a recent two-match suspension for Neves 

Manchester United and Arsenal have received a boost in their desire to nab Ruben Neves in the summer.

Neves has been pivotal to Wolves since joining the West Midlanders in 2017, rising to club captain.

But manager Julen Lopetegui is thought to be preparing for life without the 26-year-old midfielder, as the Portuguese Nations League winner has just a year left on his deal at Molineux.

With Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Barcelona all keen to acquire Neves’ services for next season, it is a timely boost to hear that Wolves expect him to leave.

The Telegraph report that Wolves have set a £40m valuation on Neves, amid the interest from some of the biggest teams in Europe. 

Man United and Arsenal have reportedly received a boost in their bid to sign Ruben Neves

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is preparing for next season without the help of the club captain

Wolves reportedly believe that Neves should be playing Champions League football – and would prefer to sell him to a foreign club, raising the hopes for Spain’s leading duo to take the Portuguese star to LaLiga.

But with the service that he has offered to Wolves over the last six years, they would not stand in the way of him joining one of the Premier League’s big guns as well. Both Arsenal and Man United are on course to be playing Champions League football next season. 

He was part of the Wolves team that were promoted as Championship winners into the Premier League in 2018, and the team have remained in the top-flight since.  

Neves has been tipped to move on from Wolves for a couple of years, but with the plans for next season likely to be working around his absence, it is a step forward for those teams looking to recruit the Portuguese midfielder.  

Wolves are keen to keep last summer’s midfield signing Matheus Nunes in their future plans, despite interest from Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Portuguese midfielder joined Wolves in 2017, and helped them earn promotion in 2018

Matheus Nunes has been great in the Wolves midfield during Neves’ two-match suspension

Wolves also have long-term ambitions for Mario Lemina, Joao Gomes and Boubacar Traore. 

But Joao Moutinho and Adama Traore are expected to leave Molineux as free agents when their deals expire at the end of the current campaign. 

The club have also seen that the departure of Neves may not necessarily be a bad thing – with Nunes and Lemina both putting in solid performances as they have stepped in to replace Neves during a two-match suspension. 

They have also not conceded in those games, leaving Lopetegui with a quandry over how to handle his return. Wolves travel to Leicester City on Saturday, knowing that a win over a team in the relegation zone eases their own fears of the drop.  

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