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Ruben Neves a likely target for Manchester United this summer

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Ruben Neves has been an impressive player since his youth. Over the years Neves has been able to impress the football world at various clubs. He was able to lead Porto to a victory over Maccabi Haifa when he was just 18 years of age. This helped Neves break an individual record that stands to this day.

After a successful career at FC Porto, the Portuguese midfielder signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers for a £15m deal. Following his arrival, Neves helped the Wolves to advance from the Championship to the Premier League. Wolves have since then been a strong competitor in the PL and Ruben Neves has been at the center of it.

Neves and Wolves were also able to root their way into the Europa League as well. Nuno Espirito Santo was also a huge help for the Wolves for their sudden glory. However, it seems as though the west Midlands side is looking to hit the reset button. Things have not been smooth for the Wanderers and they feel they need to shuffle their squad.

Hence, we saw Nuno Santosleave Wolves on mutual terms. The management are also planning to let go of a couple of their stars to bring in new faces. One such outgoing name includes Ruben Neves. Multiple clubs have shown interest in the Portuguese midfielder. Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly the leading competitors.

Manchester United eye Ruben Neves as a replacement for Paul Pogba.
Manchester United eye Ruben Neves as a replacement for Paul Pogba. Source: Getty Images.

Ruben Neves in, Pogba out?

Manchester United have been very active in the transfer market this summer. The Red Devils announced the arrival of Jadon Sancho today. Several other stars are also likely to follow, according to various reports. In addition to this, Manchester United are now keeping an eye on Ruben Neves. The Wolves midfielder has been made available on the market by his parent club.

United reportedly find Neves a suitable player to sign to their ranks after his impressive performance at Wolves over the years. Ruben Neves also has the support of Bruno Fernandes, his Portugal team-mate who urges Man United to make a move. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to resolve the uncertainty surrounding his midfield.

Paul Pogba has been linked with a departure from Old Trafford for a while now. It seems as though Ole is not happy to keep this uncertainty going. Hence, he is looking to bring in a holding midfielder this summer. United did look into the possibility of signing Declan Rice. However, the price tag seems to be way over their limits. But the case of Ruben Neves is entirely different.

Even though Neves has been a key player to their side, Wolves are demanding only a fee of £35m for him. The 24-year-old is undoubtedly a valuable asset for this price tag. Manchester United understand this and hence show keen interest to sign him this summer. Although there are various other interested clubs, talkSPORT hints that United are way ahead of their competitors.

North Londoners also show interest:

Ruben Neves target for Tottenham Hotspur
Ruben Neves may not opt Arsenal as his next destination. Source: Getty Images.

In addition to Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also showing interest in Ruben Neves. Arsenal are likely to lose Granit Xhaka this summer. Hence, the Gunners have been looking for an ideal replacement for the Swiss. Hence, they have been tailing Neves for a while.

However, Neves is hoping to play at a better level of football as he is set to leave Wolverhampton. Hence, Arsenal may not be an ideal destination for him considering their current situation. Having enough experience in the PL and also leading Porto to the Champions League. Ruben Neves could be a key player for Arsenal, but it is unlikely for him to shift to the Emirates.

Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur are also keeping an eye on Neves. Spurs have been busy lately trying to shuffle their squad. After the sacking of Jose Mourinho at the end of the last term, Nuno Espirito Santo has taken the job. Hence, Spurs find Neves as a target in order to reunite him with Nuno to work their magic in the Tottenham midfield.

Wolverhampton will be willing to sell the player to any club that offers them £35m. With three big names behind him, Neves has to decide which club he must go to. His decision will have a huge impact on his future as it may make him a huge success or a failure. Reports hint United lead the race at the moment, but nothing is official so far.

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