Links between Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves and Arsenal appear to be ‘agent-led’.
That’s according to Chris Wheatley, a Gunners correspondent for football.london.
The Athletic reported on Sunday that Arsenal were ‘admirers’ of the Portuguese international, and contact was said to have been made between the two clubs.
Wolves are apparently ‘open to a sizeable sale’ as they look to raise funds for the post-Nuno Espirito Santo era at Molineux, but Wheatley suggests that Neves’ representative Jorge Mendes may have been behind the latest story.
Recapping Neves’ stint at Molineux
The 24-year-old was to set to bring up 200 Wolves appearances during the 2021/22 season. Since joining in 2017 for what was a Championship record fee of £15.8m, Neves has played 176 times for the club.
Wolves fans respond to latest Ruben Neves development
Fan feed Talking Wolves relayed the Mendes claim, and here’s what supporters made of it, with some directing their at the agent for his apparent meddling in the midfielder’s future and one calling on executive chairman Jeff Shi to intervene.
“Time to get Mendes away from this club. For last 2 years he has been overselling us players and is now stripping the club on the cheap. Ask Valencia, Porto and others how Mendes ruins clubs”
“Jeff it’s time to rein in Mendes and tell him who actually runs the club”
“Thanks Mendes bro”
“Mendes and Ruben himself”
“Neves wants a move to Arsenal, who wants a player who wants out”
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