Ruben Neves looks set to stay at Wolves after a report revealed how differently they value him compared to his suitors, including Manchester United.
It had seemed that Wolves would face a battle to keep Neves this summer. He has given them five seasons of service, including four in the Premier League. In the process, the former Porto star has earned plenty of admirers.
This summer, the Portugal international has been linked with Manchester United as an alternative to Frenkie de Jong – whose current employers Barcelona would, coincidentally, be a dream destination for Neves.
Arsenal have also been mentioned as an interested party for the Wolves man. But according to The Sun, it now looks as if Neves is set to stay at Molineux.
The report claims Wolves have set too high an asking price for any of his admirers to deem his transfer worthwhile. Supposedly, they believe he is worth £75m.
In contrast, the clubs competing for his signature believe he is really worth around £45m instead. Wolves do not appear in the mood to compromise, so any chances of Neves leaving have come to a standstill.
There are only two years left on his contract. However, for the time being, they are standing firm in their desire to keep him.
It means he has every chance of adding to his 212 appearances for the club, from which he has scored 24 goals and made 12 assists.
Fellow Wolves midfielder on way out
However, The Sun add that there will be changes to Wolves’ midfield this summer. Neves’ compatriot Joao Moutinho appears to have run out of time at the club.
The veteran midfielder’s contract expires today. Head coach Bruno Lage was interested in keeping him, after handing him 36 appearances last season. But Wolves were unable to grant him the two-year extension he desired.
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In turn, he reportedly remains on the radar of Roma. Jose Mourinho is an admirer of near-namesake Moutinho, despite already adding a veteran from the Premier League in the shape of Nemanja Matic.
Yet Wolves have missed out on one midfield target in the shape of Joao Palhinha, who seems destined to join Fulham instead.
Keeping Ruben Neves crucial
That said, keeping Neves may be the most important thing they do in that position this summer.
When he joined them for the season they won promotion from the Championship, he was a statement signing. Since then, he has never let them down, showing why he had such a good reputation to begin with.
At the age of 25, he still has many good years ahead of him. It remains to be seen how many more he will spend with Wolves. But they will be hoping he can contribute for them again in 2022-23.
A player of his pedigree will be influential for a side who threatened to qualify for Europe, albeit without success in the end, last season.
If he does well again, perhaps it will convince his suitors to pay a bigger sum for him in the future. Indeed, he is unlikely to fade from their radar any time soon.