Journalist Pete O’Rourke provided an update on Ruben Neves’ future ahead of the new season.
What is the latest news regarding transfers involving Ruben Neves?
The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal throughout this summer.
However, O’Rourke believes the Red Devils can now gain the upper hand in their pursuit of Neves following this week’s developments.
What did O’Rourke say about Neves?
O’Rourke told The Football Terrace that with Granit Xhaka on the verge of committing his long-term future with Arsenal, it could open the door to United to travel to Neves.
He said: “United are definitely interested in him, and they’ve probably received a boost this week in their pursuit of Neves. We all know Arsenal were very keen on the Portugal international as well, but it now looks like with Granit Xhaka set to stay at the Emirates I think that is probably killing Arsenal’s chances of landing Neves.
“I don’t think they can have Neves and Xhaka in the same midfield, Arsenal are looking for a slightly more creative midfielder to pave the way for Man United to intensify their interest in Neves. It seems the only option possible for Neves to move to another Premier League club would be to move to Manchester United, and I think Wolves would have a hard time turning down an important offer for the midfielder right now.
“You’re probably talking about around £ 30-35million. I think if Man United put that on the table for Wolves, I think a deal could possibly come here. Neves, although he’s giving the right signals that he’s focused on the new season he’s happy at Wolves, he’s not going to turn down the chance to go to Old Trafford. I think that would be something he would jump on right now.
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Would Neves be a better option for Arsenal than Xhaka?
He just might be.
The wolf man, who has 22 caps for Portugal, is four years younger than Xhaka, so he arguably has more room for improvement over the next few years than the Switzerland international.
Neves also scored more goals than Xhaka (5-1), recorded more tackles per game (2.4-1.6) and more interceptions per game (1.8-0.8) last season ( via Who scored).
This indicates that he is already outperforming Xhaka in a number of departments, and that he may not even be in his prime yet.
What does Neves offer United’s starting XI?
If he moved to Old Trafford, Neves would be an option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in a deep midfielder role.
This has been a problematic position for United in recent years as Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic have failed to convince they are the long term solution to this problem.
Neves has now played in the Premier League for three years, which suggests that it would take little time for him to adjust to life at Manchester and that he could be an important player for United.