Ruben Neves has been heavily linked with a summer switch to Arsenal, with the Gunners planning a major revamp of their squad this transfer window.
Neves is likely to depart the Molineux club this summer after seeing fellow Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo leave the club and subsequently become the new Tottenham Hotspur manager.
The 24-year-old has spent four years at Molineux and has just under two years left on his current deal.
According to Portuguese outlet Record, Arsenal are already in talks with Wolves over signing the midfielder this summer.
With Granit Xhaka looking set to leave the Emirates Stadium and join Roma, Mikel Arteta is said to be keen to replace the Switzerland midfielder.
It is being reported that the Gunners are willing to offer the Portuguese midfielder a five-year deal at the Emirates Stadium as Arteta looks to lure the 24-year-old away from the West Midlands.
Neves may not be the only midfielder the north Londoners will be looking to sign this summer.
The Gunners are also closing in on Anderlecht and Belgium midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga, as the north London club look to bolster their options ahead of the 2021/22 season after a poor campaign last time out.
They are saying that the 24-year-old is valued at between €30-40million (£25-34m).
After Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Wolves in 2019, now ex-manager at the Molineux club stated that his Portuguese midfielder had a lot of quality.
“He’s quality and the talent and practices in kicking the ball in the right place – he’s quality and the talents he has helped us break the game,” Espirito Santo said after Neves scored a free-kick against the Gunners.
At potentially £34m, Wolves’ number eight could be the perfect player to fill the void left by Xhaka, but also add the niche quality which the Gunners need to help progress next season after a disappointment last time round in the 2020/21 campaign.
Transfermarkt do value Neves a little higher, with his market value currently at £40.50m.
Nevertheless, that little extra may not put the Gunners hierarchy off the deal if they want their man, as they look to make a statement of intent this summer to the Arsenal faithful.
Source by Football London