Man Utd make Prem star ‘number one priority’ as Ten Hag is ‘huge fan’

Lewis Oldham
Man Utd target Ten Hag

According to reports, Erik ten Hag is a ‘huge fan’ of Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves amid reports linking him with Man Utd.

The midfielder’s current contract at Wolves is due to expire in 2024. The West Midlands outfit have accepted that Neves could be sold this summer. 

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The 25-year-old signed for Wolves from Porto in 2017. They paid just over £15m to bring him to England.

Neves has played over 200 times for Wolves over the past five years. They are enjoying a great season in 2021/22 as they currently sit eighth in the Premier League.

Wolves are currently two points behind Man Utd. The Red Devils are to appoint a new manager this summer and they are being linked with Ten Hag.

The Sun are reporting that the Dutchman is a ‘huge fan’ of Neves. The player is therefore Ten Hag’s ‘number one priority’ if he is appointed by Man Utd.

Elsewhere, Rio Ferdinand thinks Man Utd should avoid signing Neves and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils are expected to add to their central midfield options in the summer with one of their best midfielders, Paul Pogba, set to leave on a free transfer.

Scott McTominay and Fred have often been criticised by fans, former players and pundits. Man Utd continue to be linked with a number of players.

Tielemans is out of contract in 2023 and has so far turned down offers to renew his contract at Leicester and he could now be available for as little as £35m in the summer.

When asked about Man Utd potentially signing Neves, Ferdinand said on his Vibe with Five YouTube channel: “I like him, he’s fantastic, he keeps the ball as well as anyone, a really good footballer.”

When put to him that the midfield at Old Trafford next season should be Neves, Tielemans and Bruno Fernandes, Ferdinand replied: “That wouldn’t be my choice, I’ve got to be honest.

“I like them, good players. But if you think that midfield is getting you any closer to the other teams I’d argue against it. Mobility-wise we’d be lacking.”