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Wolves must do everything they can to keep Neves at Molineux amid Manchester City interest

Wolves must do everything they can to keep Neves at Molineux amid Manchester City interest

He was unable to help Wolves in their recent defeat to Leicester City, but Ruben Neves was influential in the club’s 2-2 draw against Everton on the Premier League’s opening weekend and played a huge part in the club’s promotion.

Neves’ free-kick versus the Toffees drew Wolves level on the stroke of half-time and, since then, the Portuguese playmaker has been linked with a move away from Molineux.

The Breakdown

According to the Sun, Manchester City are planning a £60m raid on Wolves for Neves once the transfer window reopens in January.

Pep Guardiola had been chasing a midfielder all summer, but did not see one arrive at the Etihad after deciding not to pursue an alternative to primary target Jorginho, who ended up at Chelsea instead.

As a result, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager could now move for £22.5m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Neves. And, if that does happen, Wolves must do all they can to fight off the Premier League champions’ advances.

Neves was at the heart of Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League and has made a decent start to life in English football’s top division.

At 21, Neves is probably one of the best midfielders in his age group and will only continue to improve.

Wolves — especially in January — would not be able to find a replacement who can pass, shoot and dictate games as well as Neves can.

With that in mind, even at £60m, Wolves should not entertain Manchester City or any other club’s offer for the Portugal international.

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