Barcelona will reportedly prioritise signing 25-year-old Portuguese international Ruben Neves from Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Ruben Neves is a priority target for Barcelona heading into the summer transfer window. The Catalan giants have told Jorge Mendes that they will launch the offensive for the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder in the coming weeks.
Barcelona and Jorge Mendes recently held a meeting to discuss various players. Several out-of-favour Barcelona players were on the agenda, as were some of the targets for the Blaugrana. And one star who falls in the second category is Ruben Neves.
Neves has come leaps and bounds since joining Wolverhampton Wanderers from FC Porto nearly half a decade ago. The 25-year-old helped the Midlands outfit secure promotion to the Premier League in his debut season at the Molineux and has since helped establish them as a mainstay in the top flight.
The Portuguese international has made 212 appearances for Wolves thus far, chipping in with 24 goals and 12 assists. And Neves’s exploits have not gone unnoticed, with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Barcelona, setting their sights on him. The player himself seems to be ready to embark on a new challenge after five years with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Jorge Mendes has been in contact with Barcelona over Neves for some time, with the 25-year-old emerging as a candidate to be Sergio Busquets’s long-term successor. But there have been contrasting reports surrounding Barcelona’s interest in Neves, with his price tag being the biggest stumbling block.
The Catalan giants have several alternatives on their radar, including Martin Zubimendi, but as per SPORT, Neves is their priority target. The report has claimed that Barcelona told Jorge Mendes about their intention to launch the offensive for the Portuguese international in the summer transfer window.
But amid their continued financial struggles, it is hard to envisage Barcelona shelling out the big bucks to secure the services of Neves, even if they recoup a handsome sum from Frenkie de Jong’s sale. But it will be interesting to see how the Blaugrana will go about landing the 25-year-old Portuguese international this summer.