According to rumours, Arsenal has begun negotiations to buy Wolves midfielder, Ruben Neves. Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield this summer, but Arsenal’s alternatives appear restricted.
Dani Ceballos has returned to Real Madrid after two seasons on loan, while Lucas Torreira has already stated his desire to leave Arsenal permanently this summer. Meanwhile, Neves has been a crucial player in Wolves’ midfield, but the club is willing to move the 24-year-old.
The Portugal international is one of several players whose futures are uncertain following Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure. Adama Traore and Pedro Neto are both expected to leave as Wolves look to raise finances to hire a new manager, with Chelsea allegedly interested in the former.
Neves might be available for as little as £34 million, which is a relative bargain in today’s market and something the Gunners are quite interested in. The midfielder possesses several qualities that might fit Arsenal, such as set-piece deliveries and free-kicks. Along with Neves, there is interest in Brighton star Yves Bissouma, who has already stated his desire to transfer to north London.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s transfer ambitions have already been derailed by the news that Emiliano Buendia is set to join Aston Villa. Villa will pay the club record sum of £33 million for the Norwich City midfielder, who has also signed personal terms.
Neves joined Wolves in the summer of 2017 and helped the club win promotion from the Championship in his first season. He scored six goals from midfield this season, including the division’s goal of the year. That season, he was named Wolves’ player of the year and finished runner-up in the Championship player of the year award.
Many Arsenal fans are not happy with the rumours as they would’ve preferred Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City. However, do you think Neves can help Arsenal achieve a top 6 spot next season?