Transfer gossip: Man Utd, Arsenal told midfield difference-maker will cost them £100m

Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have been told that top midfield target Ruben Neves will cost them £100m, while Friday’s Paper Talk claims that West Ham and Aston Villa are chasing James Rodriguez.

MAN UTD, ARSENAL LEARN SHOCK NEVES PRICE

Wolves boss Bruno Lage has revealed that the club have slapped a £100million price tag on Ruben Neves amid rumoured interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

The 25-year-old is said to be on the radar of all three clubs after another impressive campaign, while Barcelona are also showing significant interest.

The Portugal international, who still has over two years remaining on his current Molineux deal, has been a mainstay in Wolves’ midfield ever since they returned to the top flight in 2018, scoring a number of spectacular long-range strikes.

United, Arsenal and Spurs have reportedly identified Neves as a top transfer target this summer, as reported in the Daily Mail. However, Lage claims they will have to pay nine figures to sign him.

He said at his press conference on Thursday: “We need to be ready for everything. A player like Ruben Neves has a value of £100m. Anything can happen, not just with Ruben”.

Neves has made 207 appearances for Wolves since joining from Porto in 2017, notching 24 goals and 12 assists.

Lage expecting Neves bids

Ruben Neves top target for Ten Hag and Manchester United

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is wanted by Erik Ten Hag as his first signing for Manchester United this summer

His performances this term have helped Lage’s men keep pace in the race for European qualification, and the Wolves chief admits he is waiting on summer bids for the player.

He added: “We need to wait for an offer, we don’t have nothing, we need to wait for an offer and understand what (will) really happen. What is good for the club, good for the player.

“For me it is clear, if I want to work with Ruben, yes. If you ask the player if he wants to work for me, for sure he will say yes. But this is football and you never know what can happen in the next day.”

WEST HAM, VILLA TARGET JAMES RODRIGUEZ

James Rodriguez Colombia

Former Everton flop James Rodriguez does not want to continue with Qatar’s Al-Rayyan next year as is still confident he can deliver in Europe’s top leagues.

The Colombian playmaker is looking to force his way out of Al-Rayyan after having a change of heart over his future in Qatar.

That has led to a number of clubs showing an interest, with Fichajes.net claiming that both West Ham and Aston Villa are both in the running to sign the 30-year-old.

The report states that Hammers boss David Moyes wants to add more creativity to his attack and that Rodriguez fits the bill.

As for Villa, they are likely to be priced out of a permanent move for loan signing Philippe Coutinho. To that end, an offer for the cheaper Rodriguez makes sense.

However, both clubs will have some concerns over the Colombian’s ill-fated spell on Merseyside.

Rodriguez scored six times in just 26 games in all competitions for Everton after signing on a free transfer.

TOTTENHAM TO LISTEN TO REGUILON OFFERS

Tottenham pair Harry Kane and Sergio Reguilon

A Spanish club have reportedly registered their interest in signing Tottenham star Sergio Reguilon this summer, according to Football Insider.

The 25-year-old left-back has struggled to prove himself in Antonio Conte’s wing-back system, with Ryan Sessegnon often preferred when fit.

And a Spurs source has told reportedly told Football Insider the club will listen to offers for the Spain international and are ready to sell at the right price.

The fee needed to seal a deal would also be far less than the £43million buy-back option available to Real Madrid this summer.

A return to Spain has been mooted, with Atletico Madrid said to be keen on striking a deal.

Reguilon has made 67 appearances for Spurs across two seasons, including 22 Premier League starts this term.