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Internazionale have been linked with a €50m (£43.5m) January move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves, as per Calciomercato. This comes as they look to keep the pressure on reigning champions Juventus, who sit one point ahead of Antonio Conte’s side ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
Trouble for Matias Vecino
Matias Vecino has started three Serie A matches this season, coming off the bench twice, while he is yet to make an appearance in the Champions League, as per WhoScored.
With Stefano Sensi injured, the 28-year-old is set to start matches more regularly for Conte’s side for now, but if Neves were to join, the Uruguayan would likely find it very difficult to get any substantial time on the pitch, especially when Sensi is also fit.
This point is only accentuated by the fact that Vecino is seemingly also behind Nicolo Barella in the pecking order, as the Italian started both the games against Barcelona and Juventus.
Wolves are considering signing a midfielder in an attempt to strengthen that area in the January transfer window, as reported by The Birmingham Mail.
If Neves is to be sold, then it seems almost certain that at least one midfielder will be brought in, especially when it is considered they already want one even if he stays.
This could even add some satisfaction for Inter, as Calciomercato are reporting that Wolves are interested in signing AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, who has started six games and come on as a substitute once for Inter’s rivals in Serie A this season.
Strengthened position in the national team
Neves may be an everpresent in Portugal national team squads, but his position within the team can certainly be strengthened, which could happen if he moves to a Champions League club.
For example, of Portugal’s games in the most recent international break, a 3-0 win against Luxembourg and 2-1 loss to Ukraine, Neves played just one minute, which came at the end of the victory, as per Transfermarkt.
The 22-year-old has started four of his nation’s last 10 matches, which is respectable, but he can certainly aim to be starting more regularly, with regular games at the top of Serie A potentially something that could help him achieve that.
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