Chelsea are interested in signing Ruben Neves during the January window as Thomas Tuchel tries to solve his team’s midfield problems.

According to Fichajes, Chelsea could be interested in signing Ruben Neves in the January window, as Thomas Tuchel wants to address the midfield issues plaguing the squad.

Ruben Neves has played a key role this term in Wolves’ improved form under new manager Bruno Lage. The Portugal midfielder has been pivotal to their success as the Midlands club find themselves three points shy of sixth place. Wolves will be dreading any potential offers for their star, although an attractive one could turn their heads.

They reportedly evaded a few offers in the summer when Arsenal and Manchester United showed interest and could be set to demand a fee between €40-50 million, given Neves has a contract lasting until 2024.

Chelsea, who are reportedly keen on signing Neves in January, are one club for whom the transfer fee might not be an issue. The Portugal international’s immense experience in the Premier League is key to this chase, while his ability to influence games is an added factor.

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Thomas Tuchel has issues with his Chelsea midfield, with many first-teamers either underperforming or enduring fitness issues. Jorginho has been the only constant presence in the middle, but the Italian has had many different partners in the position.

N’Golo Kante, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Matteo Kovacic have all suffered injuries at some stage this season, which has ensured Chelsea do not have a consistent partnership in midfield. Tuchel had signed Saul Niguez on loan for this precise situation, but the Spaniard has been a big disappointment so far.

Tuchel wants a concrete solution and hence is looking at a player to be signed in the January window. Neves is the midfielder Chelsea have in their sights, as he could fit in the mould of the player the German manager seeks. Neves has proven to be a robust option in the middle of the pitch, who can control the area on his own at times.

The Portugal international is adept defensively and potent in attacking the ball, which makes him a likeable talent. So, the heavy interest from several top clubs across Europe, including Chelsea, comes as no surprise.

However, whether the 24-year-old will prove to be as effective in a Chelsea shirt is the big question. It remains to be seen if the Blues are serious with their interest and follow up with a concrete offer in January.

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