Wolves have slapped a £110 million price tag on star midfielder Ruben Neves to ward off interest from Manchester City and other clubs, The Sunday Times reports.
21-year-old Neves, who joined Wolves from FC Porto for a then club-record fee of €16million last year, has impressed at Molineux and that has led to Manchester City, Manchester United and others showing a strong interest.
City were one of the clubs to explore a summer deal for the Portugal international after missing out on Jorginho, and it is claimed that their interest remains in place as they continue to try and sign a high-level midfielder capable of sharing the ‘No 6′ role with 33-year-old Fernandinho.
Wary of City’s interest and the potential of a January approach, Chinese-owned Wolves will demand around £110 million, a fee in excess of what Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba several years ago, and one no club is likely to be willing to pay.
Wolves’ ownership has spoken of their ambition being similar to that of City’s, so recruiting Neves from them in mid-season will be incredibly difficult for the Premier League champions, explaining the prohibitive price tag placed on him.
That could lead to City pursuing other midfielders. Today’s edition of the Sunday Mirror reports that Ajax sensation Frenkie de Jong is a January target for City, while Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcântara and PSG player Adrien Rabiot, who is out of contract next summer, are also thought to be on Pep Guardiola’s list.