Wolves are desperate not to sell reported Liverpool target Ruben Neves during the January transfer window.
That’s according to 90min, who reiterate that Neves is on the Reds shortlist of potential signings. However, this is unlikely to move Wolves, who are said to be ‘determined’ to hang onto the 25-year-old.
Julen Lopetegui’s side have brought in a couple of new midfielders during the winter window. But this is claimed to be unrelated to the future of their captain.
Instead, they will look to reject any advances that come their way for Neves. There could be some, too. 90min report that as well as Liverpool, Newcastle United are keen on the Portugal international. Arsenal, Manchester United and Barcelona are also said to be ‘long-term admirers.’
Liverpool made to wait for Neves
Neves has emerged over recent days as a leading candidate to fill the midfield hole at Liverpool. With just two weeks of the window now remaining though, it feels incredibly unlikely to happen.
Wolves are currently dogged in a relegation scrap, it would be near suicide for them to sell their captain.
It does seem credible that Neves could leave once the season comes to end, however. He’ll have been at Wolves for six years when this summer rolls around. That would very much feel like the right time for him to make the next step.
With his contract running into its last year by then, a transfer would perhaps suit all parties.
In that scenario, a move to join Liverpool would make a lot of sense. Obviously, the Reds are crying out for a number of midfielders to add a bit of legs to their side.
Although not the most mobile of players, Neves can still get about the pitch well. Stationed alongside more of a runner – like Jude Bellingham – and a revitalised Fabinho, he would slot in well.
His Premier League experience speaks for itself. He now has over 200 appearances in the division. For much of that time Wolves have punched above their weight, finishing in the upper echelons of the league table.
Neves himself has been key to that. Labelled ‘special’ by former boss Bruno Lage, he’s grown into a real leader in the Midlands. That’s why they’re so desperate not to lose him right now. In another six months though, they may not have too much choice.