Arsenal: £45m midfielder’s agent ‘desperately trying’ to ‘entice’ Gunners after ‘swap deal’ is snubbed

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal linked Neves

According to reports, the agent of Wolves star Ruben Neves is ‘desperately trying’ to ‘entice’ Arsenal into a transfer fight for the Barcelona target.

Neves has been superb for Wolves over the past six seasons and he is expected to leave the Premier League club this summer.

He is out of contract next summer so Wolves are looking to cash in on him so he does not leave on a free transfer in 2024. Speaking earlier this year, Gary Neville suggested that Neves “could go and sit in any midfield in Europe”.

“I thought Ruben Neves would be at Wolves for a couple of seasons and then move on to a Champions League club and I’m surprised he hasn’t made that move, for whatever reasons,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“Whether it’s because clubs look at him and think he’s not quite the right profile. But you look at him what he was doing at Porto, captaining that team at such a young age I thought it was a natural progression.”

He added: “I genuinely believe that Ruben Neves could go and sit in any midfield in Europe in any team in any league and be comfortable.”

Neves is understood to be valued at £45m and he is being heavily linked with La Liga giants Barcelona.

The Sun are reporting that ‘Neves’ agent – Jorge Mendes – desperately trying to flog him’ this summer and he is ‘looking to entice Arsenal into a transfer’.

‘Mendes’ ambitious plan to execute a swap deal between Neves and Ansu Fati – another of his clients – has hit stumbling blocks’ as the Barcelona man ‘has no interest in swapping Spain for the Midlands’. And you can’t blame him for that, really.

It is suggested that Barcelona’s ‘financial position’ makes a deal for Neves difficult if there is not ‘the option of a player exchange’.

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While Neves ‘would not favour a big leap to Saudi Arabia’, Mendes is ‘using Barcelona’s weak interest’ to ‘ramp up attention from Arsenal and Newcastle’. The report explains.

‘Tensions between Fati and Mendes are at breaking point, while Neves is also getting frustrated that his future is no closer to being resolved.

‘SunSport understands that Mendes is using Barca’s weak interest in Neves to ramp up attention from previous potential suitors Arsenal and Newcastle.

‘The Premier League duo at one point had considered a move for Neves, but have since moved on to other targets.

‘The Gunners are hoping to complete a £90m plus add-ons deal for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, while Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is also up for grabs.’

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