Transfer insider Dean Jones has claimed that it would be ‘huge’ if Wolves were now able to tie Ruben Neves down to a new deal.
The Lowdown: Contract talks
Speaking to The Express & Star, technical director Scott Sellars has revealed that the Midlands club are in talks with Neves over a new contract.
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The Portugal international has of course been linked with a potential exit from Molineux in the summer, and so it looks as if they want to tie down his long-term future, at the very least making sure the club receive a huge sum if he were to be sold down the line.
The Latest: Jones on Neves
Speaking to GiveMeSport after that news from Sellars, Jones has claimed that it would be ‘huge’ for Bruno Lage’s team if Neves signed on, but believes that he will think twice if a club come in with a concrete offer for him:
“It’d be huge for them. He is being offered a new deal, but will he sign it? I think ultimately, it’s going to come down to whether anyone comes forward with an actual offer for him in the summer.”
The Verdict: Hard to replace
Should Neves turn down the contract, and end up leaving this summer, he would certainly be hard to replace.
The central midfielder is currently the club’s third-best player in the Premier League in terms of performance, and ranks highly among his teammates for average tackles, interceptions, shots, passes, long balls and through balls per match, not to mention his four goals and two assists in the division (WhoScored).
At 25 years of age though, he has not yet hit his peak, and so it is hard to see him staying at WWFC for his whole career if they cannot secure European football consistently.
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