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Ruben Neves would easily slot into the Manchester City midfield in more ways than one

Ruben Neves would easily slot into the Manchester City midfield in more ways than one

Manchester City continued their impressive start to the defence of their Premier League title.

The Citizens opened the season with a win over Arsenal at the Emirates before welcoming Huddersfield to the Etihad Stadium. Despite being without Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane, Pep Guardiola’s men ran riot. A superb hat-trick from Sergio Aguero as well as goals from Gabriel Jesus, David Silva and an own goal handed City a comfortable 6-1 victory against the Terriers.

City look unstoppable yet again and are hoping to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to retain the Premier League title. They made just one major signing in the summer window, the £60m capture of Riyad Mahrez, meaning they have plenty to spend when the January transfer window rolls around. One man they should definitely try to sign is Wolves maestro – Ruben Neves.

Valued at £22.5m by Transfermarkt, the Portuguese was considered one of Europe’s hottest prospects after becoming Porto captain at such a young age. Surprisingly, Neves chose to join Wolverhampton Wanderers last summer and helped them lift the Championship title to earn promotion to the Premier League. He scored six goals and notched one assist in England’s second division last year.

His impressive form continued following their promotion, scoring a wonderful free-kick against Everton before providing the equaliser for Raul Jimenez. Reports suggest that City have been keeping tabs on the midfielder ahead of a January move. There might not be a player better suited to Guardiola’s system, especially considering the lack of defensive midfield cover currently at the Etihad.

The 21-year-old has a fantastic range of passing and loves spraying the ball long to the wingers meaning Sterling and Sane would flourish with Neves in the side. The Portuguese is also capable of scoring excellent goals from distance, highlighted by a world-class goal against Derby last year. Neves is the ideal long-term replacement for Fernandinho in the engine room.

He wouldn’t come cheap, but City wouldn’t regret splashing the cash to bring him to Manchester.

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