Manchester United are reportedly still interested in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves but will only sign him for a fee lesser than the current £40 million valuation.

According to a report from the Express, Manchester United still remain keen on signing Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves but only for a discounted price and not his current £40 million valuation.

Neves has been with Wolves since the summer of 2017, having arrived from Portuguese club FC Porto and has since been a mainstay in the middle of the park. The 24-year-old has played an integral role in the Midlands’ outfit’s rise to a stable Premier League club having joined when they were still in the EFL Championship.

Neves, to date, has accumulated 178 appearances for Wolves, bagging 20 goals and setting up 10 more. A reliable defensive midfielder, the Portuguese international does the dirty work in the centre of the park while possessing a fine range of distribution and is also a top-notch set-piece taker.

Neves has been linked with an exit from Wolves all summer long, with Manchester United among the clubs that have been strongly linked with him. As things stand, the Red Devils have a packed midfield unit led by Paul Pogba, with the likes of Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek all options at manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s disposal.

Will Manchester United pay up for Neves? (Photo courtesy - David Rogers/Getty Images)

Will Manchester United pay up for Neves? (Photo courtesy – David Rogers/Getty Images)

However, it must be noted that Pogba’s contract runs out in less than a year while Matic is not getting any younger either. Fred’s display against Southampton this past weekend indicated that he continues to blow hot and cold as well. Thus, adding a proper defensive midfielder to the squad could be a wise move by the 20-time English champions.

Neves, to that end, would represent a fine signing, considering that he has three years of Premier League experience under his belt while, at the age of 24, his best years are still ahead of him. Wolves, too, are said to be open to the prospect of cashing in on him, and would do business for a fee of £40 million.

Manchester United, however, are unwilling to meet those demands and would only consider a move for the Portuguese international if he is made available for a discounted price. With just over a week left for the transfer window to slam shut, a switch might be difficult to work out, and it remains to be if there is any movement on this front in the coming days.

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