Wolves to allow Ruben Neves to leave to fund rebuild

Wolves are prepared to allow Ruben Neves to leave the club this summer with the sale of the midfielder designed to raise funds for a rebuild.

Neves has been one of Wolves’ leading performers in their rise from the Championship to an established Premier League side and has previously been linked with a host of the division’s top sides.


The 24-year-old will form part of the Portugal squad that bids to defend the European Championship this summer before a potential departure from Molineux, with Wolves in need to raise funds for transfers as the club prepare for a new managerial appointment.

According to The Athletic, there is an ‘expectation’ that Neves will depart for a fee of around £35m, making the former Porto midfielder a potentially attractive proposition.

While the report makes no links to any specific clubs, a number of the Premier League’s top sides, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have been linked with targeting midfield reinforcements.

There is also reportedly interest in Wolves ‘keeper Rui Patricio from Roma, whilst Adama Traore’s future remains in doubt as the Spain international enters the final two years of his contract.

Wolves are yet to make an appointment following the departure of Nuno Espirito Santo as manager, though former Benfica manager Bruno Lage flew in for talks with the hierarchy this week over taking the vacant role.

Wolves are keen to rebuild ahead of the new campaign following a season of regression, finishing the Premier League season in 13th after back-to-back seventh-placed finishes since promotion from the second tier under Nuno.

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