WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Premier League game between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Southampton at Molineux on November 23, 2020 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Sports stadiums across the UK remain tightly restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic as government social distancing laws ban fans in venues, resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA / Getty Images)

Ruben Neves has long been on Arsenal’s radar.

Arsenal have their eye on a midfielder in the summer transfer window. The Gunners finished 8th last season and missed all European competitions in the coming season. And in order to make a decent bid for the top four, the Gunners want to hire a midfielder who will compensate for Granit Xhaka’s role, who will be leaving the club.

Arsenal have identified Ruben Neves of Wolves as a potential replacement and the player’s agent is reportedly in contact with Arsenal’s technical director Edu.

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The Sun says Ruben Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes is on constant contact with Edu on a possible transfer of the player from Wolves.

Wolves value the player at £ 35million, which can be a stumbling block for the Gunners, who would rather be happy with the deal if it were cheaper. Neves, who made 36 league games and scored 5 goals last season, is not an inevitable piece of the Wolves puzzle and maybe on the way to the exit.

Granit Xhaka is also subject to replacement and changes to Roma. Roma have made an offer of £ 15m which has been turned down as the North London club wants at least £ 20m for the Swiss.

Will Neves fit into Arsenal?

Arsenal are about to announce the deal for Albert Sambi Lokonga, who is joining us from Anderlecht. Lokonga is eclectic but he’s young so the Gunners manager is keen to add another seasoned midfielder who can add stability.

Neves, who has played in the Premier League for the past three seasons, fully meets the requirements. He is an agile midfielder who is strong defensively but likes to venture forward. He is more agile than Xhaka, while his pass range is also quite exquisite. The player has scored 11 league goals in the last three seasons so he can get involved in this division as well.

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While £ 35m will be a bit too much, anything in the £ 20-25m range will be perfect for the Gunners and Neves will no doubt add quality to their midfield.