Tottenham had shown interest in signing midfielder Ruben Neves before the transfer window closes at 11pm tonight.
According to Portuguese transfer expert, Neves was negotiating a long-term contract at Spurs, on Tuesday morning.
If the Portuguese player had come to North London, he would have been reunited with his former manager, Nuno Espirito Santo.
The two had a good relationship over the four years they were at Wolves together.
“With him, and all his staff, we created a really good relationship between us. He helped me a lot, I hope I helped him as well,” Neves said in a farewell to Espirito Santo in May.
The 24-year-old has played every minute of Wolves’ first three games this season.
They currently sit 18th in the Premier League table, after losing all of their opening matches, including a 1-0 loss to the Lilywhites.
Manchester United were also interested in the midfielder but as the transfer deadline approaches, it seems more likely that he may remain at Wolves.
Neves is a technical player who has been praised for his touch and ability to push forward, so he may have given Spurs some more creativity, in the middle.
The North London club have already signed midfielders Bryan Gil and Pape Sarr, this summer.
Gil has already shown signs of potential and Sarr has been loaned back to Metz to continue his rapid development.
Signing Neves would’ve give Espirito Santo another option in the middle of the field to try and continue the success that Spurs have had in their opening three games of the season but with not as many outgoings, the signing is looking very unlikely.
Giovani Lo Celso will have to isolate when he returns from international duty with Argentina and if the signing of Neves did go through, it would’ve given the Portugal international a chance to prove himself, although a number of other payers could be ahead of him in the pecking order.
There has been uncertainty over Tanguy Ndombele’s future at the club but he is now set to remain in North London.
In light of this decision, it is becoming more unlikely that the Portuguese midfielder will leave Wolves, despite the €40million that Pedro Almeida said he could be worth.
With Spurs still linked with various players before the 11pm deadline, it may be difficult to sign any more players unless some exit first.
Source by Football London