‘No surprise’ – Reporter drops new Wolves exit request involving £45m star

Ruben Neves remains on several clubs’ radar despite his failure to land the midfielder from Wolverhampton Wanderers during the January transfer window, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Neves has been a key man since joining the £15.8m West Midlands side from Portuguese giants Porto in the summer of 2017.

What is the latest news about Neves?

Neves hit the headlines after claiming Arsenal celebrated their midweek victory at Molineux as if they had ‘won the league’.

A first-half goal from Gabriel was enough for the Gunners to claim all three points despite Gabriel Martinelli being sent off, meaning Wolves missed the chance to move into the Premier League top seven.

Ironically, Neves’ admission came after he was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the recently closed January transfer window.

According to The Sun, Wolves have held firm in their bid to keep the 24-year-old at Molineux despite interest from north Londoners and Manchester United.

The report suggests Neves is valued by his current employers as being worth between £40m and £45m.

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What did Pete O’Rourke say about Neves?

O’Rourke believes Neves is among the Premier League’s main stars in his position and as a result was not surprised to see clubs courting him in the past month.

The reporter believes divisional rivals Wolves will maintain their interest ahead of the summer when the transfer window reopens.

He hints the West Midlands club could be forced to face lucrative offers for the 26-cap Portugal international.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Ruben Neves has been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the past two years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if some of the biggest clubs were eyeing him.”

Are Wolves likely to sell Neves in the summer?

Wolves are in a strong negotiating position should suitors strengthen their interest, as Neves still has more than two years left on his £58,000-a-week contract.

It also looks increasingly likely that fellow central midfielder Joao Moutinho is set to leave Molineux at the end of the season when his current contract expires.

Wolves head coach Bruno Lage insisted he was relaxed about the situation, but if Moutinho – who is the club’s biggest earner on a deal worth £100,000 per week – was due to leave, Neves is unlikely to be allowed to seal his exit as well.

Without reinforcements, that would leave Lage with just Leander Dendoncker and 19-year-old Luke Cundle as central options.