Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly slapped a £110million price tag on Ruben Neves’ head and Liverpool would do well to steer clear if the newly promoted side hold firm on that valuation.
The Portuguese midfielder seems like he has been on the block for a lot longer than he has and given that he was made Porto captain at age 18, there is no doubting the now 22-year-old has a bright future.
On his Premier League debut this season, Neves scored and assisted to help Wolves to a 2-2 draw against Everton, including a peach of a free kick. Since then, he has been under the radar somewhat while still impressing during draws against both Manchester clubs.
And now, according to the Times, Wolves value Neves “in excess of Paul Pogba’s Premier League record transfer fee”. The Frenchman signed for Manchester United for a reported fee of £89.3million in 2016.
The report from the Times indicates Wolves would sell Neves for £110million but it’s likely that price tag is being touted more to ward off interested parties than to encourage sides to submit massive bids.
Liverpool have been linked with signing Neves for a couple years but at that price, I believe the Reds would do well to steer clear. While some improvements can be made in midfield, spending £110m on Neves is hardly the way to go for Liverpool.
There still remains some doubt as to whether or not interest in Nabil Fekir lives on but even if it doesn’t, an attacking midfielder is the priority for Jürgen Klopp and not a player capable of dictating play from deep.
With Fabinho yet to start a game for Liverpool, Jordan Henderson better than many give him credit for and Georginio Wijnaldum a revelation as a no.6, Klopp doesn’t need another deep-lying midfielder.