Man Utd: Maguire welcomes Sancho to Old Trafford
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Manchester United are in the mix to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves. And it’s now been claimed the Molineux offer would find a bid for the Portugal international ‘tough to turn down’. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have made a flying start to the transfer window – and more fresh faces are expected at Old Trafford.
Tom Heaton was the first signing of the summer for Manchester United, with the goalkeeper moving on a free transfer from Aston Villa.
Jadon Sancho then followed, leaving Borussia Dortmund for Old Trafford four years after Jose Mourinho had first tried to snap him up.
Raphael Varane is on the cusp of joining, too, with an agreement in principle reached for the Real Madrid star.
And Neves could be next.
The Wolves midfielder has emerged as a potential target for Solskjaer’s side and, now, journalist Pete O’Rourke has claimed his club would accept an offer from United as they look to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
“He’s been on their radar for a long time,” he told The Football Terrace podcast.
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“He’s been a top performer for Wolves in the Premier League and maybe the time is right to move on and move to a bigger club, to be playing at a higher level and in Europe every season.
“We know Wolves would love to keep him but realistically this summer now is the time to cash in.
“He’s probably one of their most sellable assets, along with Adama Traore, and if Manchester United do follow up their interest with a firm offer I think they’ll find it hard to turn it down.
“And Ruben Neves would jump at the chance of moving to Old Trafford.”
It was previously claimed by Eurosport’s Dean Jones, speaking on the same platform, that United had a deal for Neves relatively far down the line.
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“I just haven’t heard a lot about Saul Niguez personally,” he said earlier in the week.
“So it’s hard for me to assess that one. So I’d say because of the information I’ve had, and it all depends on your sources, I know for a fact that they do like Neves, that they’ve been working on it in the background and it’s reasonably far down the line.
“And if they do want to progress with it they can, because the foundations have been laid.
“I don’t know about Saul Niguez, how much weight there really is behind that so it’s difficult for me to judge.
“There’s enough out there to believe there’s some substance to it but I’m sceptical because it’s Saul Niguez, this has happened a few times.”
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Neves would be a good signing for United.
And the club have a good track record when it comes to Portuguese players, seeing some of them shine over the years.
Bebe and Joel Pereira never lived up to expectations.
But Cristiano Ronaldo was a huge hit upon moving from Sporting Lisbon in 2003, going on to win three Premier League titles as well as the Champions League crown.
Nani also impressed, while Diogo Dalot and Bruno Fernandes remain with the club.
And whether Neves becomes the latest Portuguese player to rock up at Old Trafford is something only time will tell.
Meanwhile, Solskjaer addressed the imminent signing of Varane following his side’s 2-2 draw with Brentford on Wednesday night.
“Of course, I’m very happy that we’ve managed to get the deal with Real Madrid,” he said.
“He’s a proven winner and a player we’ve followed for many, many years. I know Sir Alex was very, very close to signing him and this time around we’ve got him at the other end of his career.
“He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is, first of all. [He’s a] professional and he’s won all there is to win.”
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