Liverpool have been working really hard to convince Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves to join the club.
That’s according to journalist Graeme Bailey. Speaking to TeamTalk, Bailey gave an update on Liverpool’s search for new midfield signings. According to the journalist, Neves is one of the names very much in the mix.
“Liverpool did a lot of work towards the end of the [summer] window, but in the end instead of spending they went with Arthur – a deal that that has not been a success under any measure,” began Bailey.
“But as well as Arthur they also did major work on Konrad Laimer and Ruben Neves. Neves has been linked with a number of clubs in recent times with Manchester United and Barcelona amongst those who had shown an interest in the past 12 months or so – but whether he is available in January remains to be seen, as new boss Julen Lopetegui won’t be wanting to lose any of his big names.
“The problem with [Youri] Tielemans is two-fold at the moment, in that the main problem for January is that Leicester do not want to sell and that is not a huge shock given their excellent run of form. It seems Leicester would be willing to let him leave in the summer on a free instead and when he is available, Arsenal like him a lot and have a done a great deal of work on him.”
Neves an attractive option for Liverpool
It’s taken without saying that any Liverpool midfield signing would be secondary to top target Jude Bellingham.
But it cannot be ignored that the Reds need major surgery on that area of the pitch. The signing of Bellingham simply won’t be enough when they stand to lose as many as three from the squad next summer.
As a result, some of the names Bailey mentioned are worth considering. Of the three brought up here, Neves is probably the most attractive.
Now twenty-five, he’s of good age and experience to make the jump to a top team. Former Wolves boss Bruno Lage called him ‘special’ via The Athletic and he certainly has the highlight reel to back that up.
One issue with Neves, though, could be his price. With over four years of Premier League games in his legs and 32 caps for his country, he’s not going to come cheap.
However, the 18 months currently left on his contract may tempt Wolves to the table. They’d be unwise to allow Neves’ contract to run down further still without hope of a renewal on the horizion.
January may come too early, but next summer would look like a decent time for them to sell. Neves will be twenty-six by then. A good age to come in as a top-quality option in the Liverpool midfield. You can see it happening.