Ruben Neves deciding to leave Wolves this summer would be a ‘massive, massive loss’ for the club, according to Midlands-based journalist Josh Holland.
The Lowdown: Endless Neves links
The Portuguese maestro has been continually linked with a move away from Molineux in recent times, with the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal tipped to snap him up.
Neves is undoubtedly one of the most highly-valued players at Wolves currently, with his quality in midfield playing a huge role in Bruno Lage’s side pushing for a European finish this season.
The 24-year-old has shown quality on the ball, scoring four goals and registering two assists in the Premier League, but also tenacity off it, averaging 2.3 tackles per game.
The Latest: Journalist bemoans possible exit
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Holland said it would be an enormous setback for Wolves after hearing of Arsenal’s interest:
“Yes, 100 per cent. I think as the season’s gone on, Ruben Neves’ importance to Wolves has just got bigger and bigger and you realise how much they miss him in games like against Newcastle.
“If Neves does go, with Arsenal now interested, I think that would be a massive, massive loss for Wolves.”
The Verdict: Plan for life without him
The longer the links go on, the more likely it feels that Neves will leave, with the midfielder giving few indications that he will stay on beyond this season.
The Portugal international may feel he now belongs in a Champions League team, which is understandable given his performances this season, and it does feel like he has reached a natural conclusion at Molineux.
That’s not to say that any Wolves wouldn’t be desperate for him to stay on, though – if that did happen, it would feel more significant than any signing made this summer.
In other news, a journalist has discussed a potential shock Wolves exit. Read more here.
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