Newcastle United are interested in signing Ruben Neves from Wolves, and have reportedly asked to be kept in the loop about his situation at Molineux.
That is according to 90min, who state that Newcastle want to be kept informed about Neves‘ situation heading into the summer transfer window.
It looks like the 26-year-old could be a man in demand, with his contract situation potentially forcing Wolves to cash in. His current deal expires in the summer of 2024, meaning they need to sell very soon to avoid losing him for nothing.
Alternatively, they could offer him a new deal. 90min believe that Wolves are going to do just that, but it might be too late.
The report adds that Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes is telling suitors that his client is prepared to leave Wolves at the end of the season, which could open the door for Newcastle to bring him to St James’ Park.
Newcastle face competition to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves
Newcastle are not the only Premier League club that has asked to know what is going on with Neves. 90min believe that Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur have done the same.
Given the other sides that are interested, it adds even more importance to the Champions League race. Surely the only way we can sign the £15.8million man ahead of those two teams is if we beat them to the top four.
Spurs currently occupy the final Champions League place, but are closely followed by the Magpies and Liverpool.
Their size and stature means they should find it easy to tempt Neves, but Newcastle probably need Champions League football if they have any hope of signing the Portugal international. He recently spoke about his desire to play in Europe’s top competition again.
With Newcastle on the lookout for a new midfielder, Neves appears to be one of multiple options that Howe is weighing up. It has been claimed that the Toon recruitment team have concerns over his athleticism, but really admire his passing and shooting ability.
While the club ponder who should be their top target, they want to know exactly what is going on with Neves’ future.