There is still a possibility that Manchester United or Arsenal will step up their interest in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves before the end of the month, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The reliable journalist claims the Portuguese international is not a priority target for either club at the moment, but that could change:
“He is on the list for Arsenal but he’s not the main option as of today. We have to consider him as an opportunity in August. For Manchester United, it’s exactly the same thing because [they] have a list with many opportunities but it depends on [Paul] Pogba, [Donny] van de Beek and [Nemanja] Matic.”
“There’s nothing imminent for Arsenal and Manchester United. It’s something to keep an eye on in August. He could become an opportunity in August. It’s something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks because there’s chances for him to leave the club.”
From the sound of things, it looks as though Neves will only be considered by United if a player is sold. There has been a lot of talk that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on reinforcing the middle of the pitch with another option but it appears Neves is seen as a contingency plan rather than a key target.
The cost of the transfer is likely to have put off the Red Devils from making an offer anyway. Reports in the local media suggest that Wolves will try and hold out for around £45m to sell the 24-year-old.