Barcelona give Ruben Neves a boost amid Manchester United snub
Wolves talisman Ruben Neves wants to join Barcelona rather than Manchester United. It depends Spanish Sport Release who claim the 25-year-old wants to play Champions League football – with United only able to offer second-tier Europa League.
The story reckons Barca view Neves as a replacement for Sergio Busquets and have prioritized signing him – but insists they were able to find Wolves’ asking price ‘not easy’ to match. It has also been claimed Wolves want £50m for a player who has become a fan favorite at Molineux during his five years at the club.
Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes is said to be trying to reach a mutually beneficial deal – which could see Nico Gonzalez go the other way and Neves has refused to ‘negotiate a proposal’ with the Old Trafford club .
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Now the Mirror say Barcelona believe they have the money to sign Neves – thanks to a connection with Spotify.
The audio streaming platform has made a ‘massive injection of cash’ for a shirt and stadium sponsorship deal at the Nou Camp, giving Barca the muscle to seal the deal.
Although Neves has expressed his affection for Wolves, the midfielder gave an open response when asked about his future recently. “The only thing I can tell you at the moment is that everyone knows what football is, what our lives are,” he said .
“Our career is really short and we have to seize the opportunities that come our way. We all have dreams and we have to live those dreams in a small space of time. Let’s see what happens, I can’t say too much.
Wolves fans made their feelings clear with chants calling on Neves to stay in the club’s final home game of the season against Norwich. After the match, Bruno Lage agreed with the supporters and hopes the midfielder will stay at Molineux
“It’s so hard to find these top men and top players and Ruben is one of them. He’s worked hard from day one and had a good season with us. said the boss of the wolves .
“But we know the market and when these type of players are on the right track, big clubs can appear and pay. The club have already lost players and you never know what can happen.
“Last year was the same, everyone was talking about Ruben and nothing was showing. I want the best for Ruben and I want the best for the club. If Ruben stays, I’ll be happy.
Neves has been linked with United and Liverpool virtually since joining the Premier League. He made over 200 Old Gold appearances, having joined them aged 20 when they were in the Championship.