Arsenal remain interested in signing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, according to reports in the English media.
The Portuguese international was considered as a potential replacement for Granit Xhaka last summer, when the Swiss international looked set for a move to Roma.
While Xhaka ended up staying at the Emirates, the interest in Neves has still not gone away. Now, with the Gunners lacking numbers in midfield, a deal could be revived and fans on Twitter would be very much behind the signing:
100% take him
— Fenrir (@IamFenrirrr) January 25, 2022
I love this guy man
— Temi 🥁 (@TemiPinmiloye) January 25, 2022
Yep the xhaka replacement is Long overdue
— Jackthegooner (@Jack10Gooner) January 25, 2022
Ruben Neves would be quality.
-Pops up with the odd goal.
-Doesn’t get him self sent off when needed.
-Can actually defend.
— Lloyd (@AFCLloyd5) January 25, 2022
This would be a very good signing @arsenal
— n@D (@natsa_dna) January 25, 2022
Rueben Neves will be the rise of Asernal. That’s the caliber we are currently missing
— The New! (@mugurae) January 25, 2022
He’s probably one of the best midfielders in the PL. If he played for a team like City or United he would be considered world class. Would take him every day over Xhaka
— Zayan 🇵🇸 (@ZayanK04) January 25, 2022
We need Neves. He always looks hungry would like to see him along side Partey.
— Kimngure (@michael_ngure) January 25, 2022
One of the big stumbling blocks is likely to be the asking price. Wolves were reportedly only asking for £35m last summer but that could have increased significantly due to his form in recent months. With interest also coming from other clubs, including Manchester United, a deal to sign the 24-year-old this month would not be straightforward.
Other options are also reportedly being considered but if the Gunners can seal a move for Neves, it would greatly strengthen them in the middle of the park.