Manchester City scout £60m-rated Wolves star ahead of potential January bid – report

Manchester City are considering a move for £60million-rated Wolves sensation Ruben Neves in the January transfer window, according to Sunday’s edition of The Sun.

The Blues had scouts in attendance at Molineux for Wolves’ 2-2 draw with Everton last weekend, a game in which 21-year-old Neves scored one and assisted the other Wolves goal.

Midfielder Neves, who in 2015 became the youngest captain in Champions League history for FC Porto, has been outstanding since arriving in England and City are thought to be mulling over a move for him as a Jorginho alternative.

Pep Guardiola wanted an extra central midfielder before the transfer window closed, but the club did not bring anyone in, and with Douglas Luiz being denied a work permit there will be a heavy reliance on 33-year-old Fernandinho in the holding role, one Neves could adapt to.

Neves is a versatile midfielder who can play in attacking and defensive roles, and is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who is also the agent of City players Ederson, Bernardo Silva and Eliaquim Mangala.

Guardiola is also aware of Neves’ comments on Sky Sports earlier in August, when he admitted he is a big fan of the City manager and considers playing at the Etihad for Wolves the most exciting prospect of the season.

Wolves chiefs would be reluctant to sell the Portugal midfielder halfway through the season, but if they did, would command a huge fee of up to £60million. City showed last January though, that they are willing to spend big to reinforce their squad in the winter market when they splashed out £57million on Aymeric Laporte.

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