Four-Way Tussle For Portugese Star
Manchester United face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
Portugal international Neves has been linked with United and local rivals Manchester City. The Premier League champions are said to be keen on the 23-year-old following an impressive campaign in the Championship with Wolves last season. He moved to Molyneux from FC Porto for £15.8million in January 2017.
City are reported to be ready to put in a £60million bid for Neves in January after missing out on Jorginho during the summer transfer window. The Italy international moved from Napoli to Chelsea where he has teamed up with his former coach Maurizio Sarri.
Speculation linking Neves to Manchester United suggests that the Red Devils will launch a counter-bid should City put in a bid of their own.
But Calciomercato in Italy claims PSG are also interested in Neves. However, the situation isn’t so straightforward for the Ligue 1 champions.
Earlier this summer, Uefa re-opened their investigation into PSG’s finances amidst claims they may have contravened Financial Fair Play regulations. There are reports that certain sponsorship deals agreed between PSG and other companies controlled by their Qatari owners have been agreed at hugely inflated prices. Uefa are also investigating payment from a bank that may contain a sponsorship element.
PSG may end up selling star names such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe should the Uefa decision go against them. That would bring in over £330million. Real Madrid are interested in both players. Neves could be the replacement for Mbappe.
Any January bid for Neves is likely to be torpedoed by Wolves. The Midlands club have spent heavily in the transfer market this summer as they compete in the Premier League for the first time since 2012. Therefore the chances of them sanctioning an exit for their star player are slim.
Juventus are also interested in a player who could become the subject of a four-way auction next summer.