Wolverhampton Wanderers star man Ruben Neves is reportedly the subject of serious interest from fellow Premier League side Chelsea. The midfielder, who has just 19 months left on his current contract, has already been linked with a January move to Barcelona.
Now, though, it is expected the Blues are to make a move for the Portugal international amid the uncertainty surrounding the futures of N’golo Kante and Jorginho. New owner Todd Boehly is reportedly reluctant to hand Kante a long-term contract, whereas there are no discussions in place to tie Jorginho down to a new deal.
Journalist Simon Phillips claims Neves is of great priority to Chelsea. On his Substack page, he said: “I’ve been told over the weekend that Neves is once again coming up in recruitment conversations and is a player being recommended by some at the club as a midfield target to push for in January.”
With four goals in 15 Premier League starts this season, Neves is Wolves’ top scorer heading into the World Cup break. He has been one of the very few shining lights in a dire Wanderers side - showing some fine ability on the ball and maintaining his reputation of scoring goals from outside the box.
Graham Potter’s team have struggled in midfield of late, especially in the transition from defence to attack. As a natural box-to-box, Neves could well be a good fit to help fix the Blues’ problems. He could also be available for a cut price given his contract situation - and is valued at around €40 million by Transfermarkt. No wonder he is of interest.