Manchester City might target Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves in the January transfer window, to bolster their midfield options.
Neves joined Wolves from FC Porto last summer in a Championship record £16 million transfer – as per BBC Sport – and he has since gone on to appear 44 times for the club. The 21-year-old was a vital part of Nuno Espirito Santo’s starting XI last year in England’s second tier and he quickly developed a reputation as a creative player with a penchant for scoring from long range.
The Portuguese star scored 6 goals from outside the box during his first year with the club as Wolves gained promotion to the Premier League, a tally which he has already added to at the start of this season after scoring a sensational free-kick against Everton on August 11th.
If Espirito Santo’s side is to avoid relegation this term then the young playmaker’s continued service will surely be a necessity but according to The Sun, Manchester City could be poised to pry him away from the club in January with a £60 million bid.
Pep Guardiola’s champions tried to sign Jorginho from Napoli during the transfer window, but when he opted to join Chelsea instead, the Spanish boss reluctantly made do with his current options in holding midfield, as The Sun also reports.
The Sun also states that City might consider using Neves to play in that deep-lying midfield role alongside Fernandinho, which means the club could make an approach for the Wolves star when the transfer window re-opens after Christmas.
The Citizens have started the season well with back to back wins but talismanic midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been ruled out of action for at least two months, which could also increase their need for a player like Neves when January rolls around.