Wolves’ Ruben Neves among options if Man Utd fail in pursuit of Frenkie de Jong | Soccer News


Manchester United are considering alternatives to Frenkie de Jong as Erik ten Hag looks to resolve his search for midfield reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League season.

United have long been interested in Ruben Neves, who made 212 appearances for Wolves, scoring 24 times.


Speaking in April, Wolves boss Bruno Lage said the club had imposed a £100million price tag on Neves amid rumors of interest from United, Arsenal and Tottenham.

“What I do know is that we have a special player here with us,” Lage said.

“What he is doing this season is very good. I also think the way we play, he can show a better Ruben, and also the way he plays puts our team on a different level.

“When you have this player, the best thing to do is to improve his salary and his contract years. But who knows, when you have a top player like him in this specific position, who can defend and attack, and who is a top professional and a big man, the big teams are there with £100m to buy those kinds of players.”

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Wolves manager Bruno Lage has said ‘big teams’ will pay up to £100million for a player like Ruben Neves.

Neves has been linked with United for several months, but the club spent much of the transfer window chasing former Ajax player Ten Hag De Jong.

Neves has been at Molineux for five years since joining Porto in 2017.

Where will Man Utd turn if they don’t sign De Jong?

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has said he will do his best to keep Frenkie de Jong at the club amid his ongoing transfer saga with Manchester United.

Sky Sports News reporter Melissa Reddy:

“We know Frenkie de Jong has been Manchester United’s priority target, but with the deal dragging on, alternatives will come into play and one of the names we know they have been looking at and who has Interested is Wolves’ Ruben Neves.

“There’s been a long-standing interest from the club at Old Trafford because of his stylistic profile, incredible passing range, goalscoring threat and he controls the tempo very well – all the things you want in an anchorage in a progressive team.

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The Transfer Show panel has the latest on Manchester United’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong.

“We know Wolves value him at over £60million. They wouldn’t necessarily want to lose him, but United need to start considering the longer the De Jong saga drags on without a resolution between him and Barcelona, ​​what else can be done?

“From the United side, however, they remain quite confident in their deal with Barcelona for De Jong and are quite confident that the player indeed wants to join them.

“The other vaguely floating name is Renato Sanches, who can play as an anchor, but is better when used as a box-to-box midfielder. I wouldn’t give that name too much weight just yet. “

Could August 13 be a breakthrough date in Man Utd’s De Jong pursuit?

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The Transfer Show briefs us on Manchester United’s transfer targets, including Frenkie de Jong, Ruben Neves and Ronaldo’s possible exit.

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

“Frenkie de Jong remains the No.1 choice for Manchester United and I’m sure privately they have set a deadline.

“The transfer window is open until September 1 and Erik ten Hag has said he needs De Jong because he is intrinsic to the way the team is going to play under him. So they will try everything. they can try to sign it.

“Privately, that deadline hasn’t come yet because United need to get some kind of encouragement from either De Jong’s side or Barcelona to suggest that this deal can still be done.

“That doesn’t mean they aren’t considering alternatives like Ruben Neves and, to a lesser extent, Renato Sanches. They are keeping those alternatives warm if De Jong’s situation doesn’t materialize the way they want.

“I just wonder if, on August 13, we will have a better idea. Joan Laporta has mentioned this date as the date for registering new Barcelona signings. Do these players need De Jong to be sold to welcome them?

“If that’s the case, it’s no wonder Manchester United sit back because they don’t want to get involved in anything that’s going on at Barcelona and they already have a big deal.”

Are Man Utd really going to keep Ronaldo against his will?

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Heavyweight boxer and Manchester United fan Frazer Clarke shares his thoughts on the team ahead of the new season.

Sky Sports News chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol:

“I think what Cristiano Ronaldo’s advisers will say is that other clubs have terminated players’ contracts – for example, Inter Milan are doing it with Alexis Sanchez and they’ve also done it with Arturo Vidal. .

“One way to solve this problem would be to terminate Ronaldo’s contract. But there is no indication that Manchester United are ready to do so at the moment.

“If you keep in mind that the player wants to leave, at the end of the day I think he’s going to do whatever he wants, no matter what Manchester United say.

“Of course they have to let it be known that he is not for sale and that he still has a year on his contract, but are they really going to keep a player of his stature against his will?

“Henry Winter said it very well in The Times today – the introduction to his column was ‘Erik ten Hag is the future of Manchester United; Cristiano Ronaldo is the past”.

“Anyway you look at it, Ronaldo is the past and Henry went on to say he thought it would be best for all parties if Ronaldo got his way and United let him go.”

“Saying Ronaldo is for sale could lower his price”

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The Transfer Show panel discuss possible destinations for Cristiano Ronaldo as the Manchester United striker’s future is yet to be resolved.

Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth:

“Ronaldo and his representatives have put Manchester United in quite a difficult position because it’s been exactly a month since he made it clear that he wanted to leave the club and that he wanted to play for a Champions League.

“At the time, I thought – like many, I’m sure – that Jorge Mendes was going to immediately present the club with an offer that they could talk about. But there was no offer.

“Indeed I think what they were trying to do was to generate interest in Ronaldo, so now United find themselves in a position where they have a disgruntled player; Erik ten Hag has to deal with him, but yet they make him have this public position that he is not for sale.

“To say anything other than that would lower a potential price.”

Reporter’s notebook: How Ten Hag wins at Old Trafford

Man Utd Reporter Notebook

There is a pause, the three seconds or so allowing a member of the technical staff to offer his most accurate assessment of the manager’s first pre-season in charge of Manchester United.

“There is no doubt this is Erik ten Hag’s club.”

The summary needs no elaboration for those who have seen the Dutchman up close during United’s tour of Thailand and Australia.

Ten Hag is in charge, his influence extending not only to big details of the club such as the operational structure, but even to smaller ones like preventing players from visiting and being filmed on the set of Australian soap opera Neighbours.

Nothing escapes the manager’s notice, from the team’s media engagements to the exact spacing between cones during training drills which he tends to measure himself.

When something doesn’t match its “highest standards” philosophy, there is no silence.

Read the full report from Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy here.

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