Ex-Red tips Liverpool to land Wolves star Ruben Neves this summer
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Ex-Red tips Liverpool to land Wolves star Ruben Neves this summer

Former Liverpool player Paul Stewart has backed the Reds to move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves this summer.

Wolves are said to be open for offers for the Portuguese star. The Athletic have reported that a bid of £35m would be enough to sign him.

Liverpool are likely to be on the lookout for a new midfielder with Gini Wijnaldum having signed for PSG.

The Reds signed Neves’ former club and current international teammate Diogo Jota from the same side last summer.

Stewart now believes that Liverpool could return to the Black Country for their summer shopping this year.

When asked whether Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek could become a target, Stewart suggested Neves instead.

He told This is Futbol: “I probably think I’d lean more to them getting him [Neves] than Van de Beek because of the rivalry between Manchester United and Liverpool.

“They would rue the day if they sold him and he did well but Neves, quality player, proved it over the last three or four years at Wolves, so yeah, I see that happening.”

RTK View: Neves not the most sensible target for Liverpool

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While we agree with Stewart when he says that there is little chance of Liverpool signing Donny van de Beek, we are not convinced that Ruben Neves is the most sensible midfield target either.

The Portugal star has been excellent for his side since joining from Porto in a shock deal in 2017.

But he has probably become slightly overrated because of his tendency for scoring the odd wondergoal.

His general game, while obviously very good, is probably not at the level required to really push Liverpool on.

He is also more of a No 6, rather than the No 8 that Jurgen Klopp will be after.

Liverpool would be better off spending £35m on the likes of Renato Sanches or Ryan Gravenberch, who are more dynamic than Neves and probably have much higher ceilings.

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