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Wolves were 'banking on' major development over 30-cap star at Molineux

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Wolverhampton Wanderers believed they would have received more offers than they have for Rúben Neves this summer, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The 25-year-old midfielder had hinted at a potential move away from Molineux after the final game of last season, but it seems that no serious offers have materialised for the former Porto man.

What’s the latest on Neves?

According to Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United are interested in the midfielder, but aren’t willing to pay Wolves’ €100m (£86.3m) valuation of the player, when speaking on The United Stand.

Arsenal, Newcastle United and Barcelona have also shown interest in the 2017 summer signing, but talks seem to have cooled on any potential move for Neves over the past couple of weeks.

As it stands, it still looks more likely that the 30-time Portugal international will be a Wolves player come their first game of the season at Leeds in August, but the club would want a sale to go through as quickly as possible so they can invest in other targets, should the club receive an acceptable offer.

And according to Crook, he believes that Wolves’ summer transfer plans revolve around whether Neves is sold or not.

What has Crook said about Neves?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “I think they [Wolves] felt they’d have more offers than they have for Neves.

“I think the price tag they put in was £75m, ultimately that has put people off.

“I think they were banking on him to be sold to free up some money to enable Bruno Lage to rebuild.

“I think the fans are starting to get a bit worried again.”

Will Neves stay at Wolves?

There is no doubt that fans of Wolves will be delighted if Neves – described by The Athletic’s Tim Spiers as “outstanding” – is to stay at the club and even potentially sign a new deal this summer.

However, the one potential downside to this would be the aforementioned point that Crook made, with the club’s transfer budget seemingly revolving around the departure of the star man this summer, suggesting that the club won’t invest much money during this window should the vice-captain stay at the club.

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Neves made 36 appearances for Bruno Lage’s side last season, scoring four goals and providing two assists across all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.

And the midfield maestro also earned himself a SofaScore rating of 7.11 for his Premier League performances last season, suggesting that when called upon by Lage, he was able to put in consistently excellent performances.

It seems the future of Neves will be like a double-edged sword this summer, with the club wanting to keep a fantastic player, but also needing to generate revenue from player sales to rebuild a squad in need of a shake-up.

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