Arsenal ‘in talks over Ruben Neves transfer’ with Wolves midfielder’s agent Jorge Mendes in contact with Gunners’ technical director Edu to try and push through move… but £35m asking price could be stumbling block
- Ruben Neves of Wolves has emerged as a potential summer target for Arsenal
- His agent Jorge Mendes reportedly in talks with club’s technical director Edu
- The £35million asking price slapped on Neves by Wolves could hinder the move
- But Wolves are looking to offload players in order to finance summer buys
Arsenal ‘are still in talks over a £35million move for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves’.
Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Arsenal’s technical director Edu over a potential move but the price tag remains a stumbling block.
Portugal international Neves, 24, has two years remaining on his Wolves contract but the Molineux club are prepared to sell in order to raise funds for other targets this summer.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has been linked with a £35million switch to Arsenal
Gunners manager Mikel Arteta will look to strengthen his squad during a busy summer window
Arsenal, meanwhile, will need a midfielder if Granit Xhaka leaves and Neves has been identified as one potential player who could partner Thomas Partey.
The Sun report that Mendes has been in regular communication with Edu to try and push the deal through.
There is also interest in Neves from north London rivals Tottenham, who have just appointed former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, but Arsenal is the preferred destination.
Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes (left) has reportedly been in talks with Arsenal technical director Edu (right) over the midfielder’s move to the Emirates Stadium
Neves has spent four years at Wolves, playing 176 times for the club and scoring 20 times
It is shaping up into a busy summer for the Gunners as Mikel Arteta looks to improve on last season’s disappointing eighth-place finish in the Premier League.
Left-back Nuno Tavares, signed from Benfica for £7m, became their first confirmed signing last week.
A deal for Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga worth around £15m is also close to completion.
Arsenal have already completed the £6.8million signing of Benfica left-back Nuno Tavares
Young left-back Tavares is the Gunners’ first summer signing of the current transfer window
The Gunners are also linked with Albert Sambi Lokonga (left) and Ben White (right)
Other targets include the Brighton defender Ben White, Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and Leicester’s James Maddison. Arsenal could recoup around £15m for Xhaka, who is very likely to leave after a turbulent couple of years.
Neves signed for Wolves for £15.8m in the summer of 2017 when they were still a Championship club. He has scored 20 goals in 176 matches, helping them become an established top-flight side.
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