The potential destinations for Ruben Neves are shrinking with every passing day, with the defensive midfielder’s move to Manchester United now looking unlikely according to Fabrizio Romano. United “believe Ruben Neves is a good player, but the price [Wolves are quoting] is definitely too much. It all depends on Wolves now, how much they are going to ask for the Portuguese”.
Ruben Neves to Manchester United Looks Unlikely
Wolverhampton Wanderers have set their sights high with a huge price tag quoted earlier this year by manager Bruno Lage. According to the Portuguese boss, the star midfielder would fetch a hefty £100 million for the club.
Wolves would need to replace him quickly and the price tag would open up their options nicely. The midfield options for Lage would be pretty bare if Neves were to leave the club.
Manchester United Options In Midfield
Not only is this market starting to dwindle for Neves, but United are starting to run out of options for their midfield. Arguably the most important part of their summer this year is finding someone who can balance out their team in midfield.
After missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni, United now look to Frenkie de Jong and Ruben Neves as they search for signings in the middle of the park.
Read more: Why Monaco Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni Would be Good for Manchester United.
What This Means for Ruben Neves
The Portugal international now faces a difficult choice. Wolves will only be able to take him so far; if he wants to play in Europe he will most likely have to move. But with a handful of young Portuguese midfielders coming through the ranks he also needs to be careful he does not lose his spot in Fernando Santos’ plans for the national team. With an upcoming World Cup spot on the line, he needs to play regular minutes to secure his spot and possibly earn a starting role.