Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves is being eyed by a number of top teams in the Premier League this summer transfer window. After five seasons at Molineux, Neves could seek a new challenge elsewhere with the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona, and Arsenal all linked with the Portuguese midfielder.
The FIFA World Cup will be played in November and Neves will be focused on sealing a move that improves his chances of playing at the tournament. There is the real possibility that Neves could remain at Wolves despite the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City also being linked to his signature.
Let's explore the Ruben Neves transfer odds and whether the Wolves man will remain in the Black Country for another season.
Ruben Neves Betting Odds
Neves' contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers does not expire until 2024. He has two years remaining on the current deal, which means Wolves are in the driver's seat when it comes to selling the midfielder.
After five seasons at the club, Neves could seek a new challenge. Here are the latest Ruben Neves transfer odds according to leading sportsbooks:
- Barcelona 2/1
- Manchester United 5/1
- Arsenal 8/1
- Any French club 12/1
- Any German club 12/1
- Any Italian club 12/1
- Any MLS club 12/1
- Any Spanish club 12/1
- Manchester City 20/1
- Tottenham Hotspur 20/1
- Liverpool 25/1
- Newcastle United 25/1
Ruben Neves Transfer News
Barcelona favourites to sign Neves, which is rather ridiculous. Why? According to the vast majority of reports, Barcelona have no money to spend on new players. The Blaugrana are desperate to sell off players to raise funds immediately. However, no teams are willing to take on the transfer fees or wages Barcelona want or pay.
It is believed that Barcelona are trying to sell up to 11 players this offseason along with Frenkie de Jong, one of their highest earners. If the Blaugrana can rid themselves of underperforming, high wage earners, their focus isn't on Neves. Barcelona instead want to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and Raphinha from Leeds United.
Manchester United make far more sense in terms of signing Neves. The Reds Devils need to add to their midfield this summer. Right now, Manchester United want to sign De Jong from Barcelona. If the deal does not come off due to the transfer fee Barcelona are demanding, then Manchester United could turn to Neves. Manager Erik ten Hag has a number of players to replace including Paul Pogba.
Man Utd are desperate to get fresh players in this summer to enable Ten Hag to succeed. Transfers have been slow at Old Trafford up to this point. Along with Paul Pogba, the club also lost midfielders, Nemanja Matic, and Jesse Lingard. Scott McTominay and Fred are currently the only two central midfielders that Ten Hag can count on.
Donny van de Beek could be used following Ten Hag's arrival due to the manager's familiarity with the central midfielder. However, more players of Neves' quality are needed at Old Trafford. Manchester United will play in the Europa League next season, which means Man Utd need more quality in the side. Neves could certainly fit that bill.
The midfielder is likely to remain at Molineux for next season. There are growing possibilities that a summer transfer window move won't occur for Neves. He could play one more season at Molineux before moving in 12 months. By then, Neves would have just one season left on his contract.
Ruben Neves Transfer Fee
Near the end of the Premier League 2021-22 season, Wolves priced Neves at around £42.5 million.
According to Transfermarkt, Neves is valued at £36 million currently. He is a vital member of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The club does not have to sell the midfielder this summer. If Wolves' valuation isn't met, Neves will likely play for the Black Country club next term.
Ruben Neves Salary
Ruben Neves is a relatively low wager earner at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He earns a weekly wage of £50,000. Neves makes £2.6 million per season. He would certainly double that figure by signing for Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, or any other "big" club.
Neves signed his current contract in July 2018. The renewal came after just one year at Molineux as Wolves tied down one of their top players for the future.
How Old Is Ruben Neves?
The Wolves midfielder is 25 years old. Neves was born on March 13, 1997.
Which Clubs Are Interested In Ruben Neves?
Several clubs are interested in Neves, but the level of interest may change with every passing day of the transfer window. Manchester United are likely the most interested party. The Red Devils have a number of holes in the squad and are yet to address them.
The Red Devils are focused on signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. If De Jong doesn't sign for Manchester United, they could try to add Neves. Manchester United's pursuit of De Jong is likely to dictate whether or not they sign Ruben Neves. Manager Erik ten Hag has a number of players to replace including Paul Pogba.
Barcelona are favourites to sign Neves according to leading bookies. However, it is unlikely Barcelona will spend £42.5 million on the Portuguese midfielder. The Blaugrana do not have the money to sign Neves and the money that is available is expected to be spent on other players.
Arsenal were interested in Neves and Leicester City player Youri Tielemans. The Gunners are said to be focused on other targets now. The Gunners decision to move on from Neves was made due to already spending transfer funds elsewhere this summer.
The central midfielder looks increasingly likely to stay at Wolves for another season at least. The FIFA World Cup being played in midseason is already having a major effect on player movement. Players are unwilling to move or stay at a club due to a lack of game time. A lack of game time could be the difference between playing and not playing in a World Cup tournament.
Ruben Neves Clubs
Neves joined FC Porto's youth academy at the age of 8 years old. He progressed through the academy until reaching the under 16 level. Neves was loaned to Padroense for that season before returning to FC Porto and progressing through the academy until reaching the first team in 2014.
The central midfielder played for FC Porto from 2014 to 2017. In total, Neves played 93 times, scoring four goals, and assisting three for the Portuguese giants. During his time with FC Porto, the club went on a barren spell, winning no trophies with Neves playing in the first team.
In 2017, Wolverhampton Wanderers paid FC Porto £16.11 million for Neves' services. The midfielder made an immediate impact at Molineux helping Wolves achieve promotion to the Premier League by winning the Championship.
Ruben Neves Career Stats
Here are Neves' career stats after the 2021-22 Premier League season.
- 93 games
- 4 goals
- 3 assists
- 212 games
- 24 goals
- 12 assists
Ruben Neves Stats This Season
Neves helped Wolverhampton Wanderers finish 10 in the Premier League 2021-22 season. The midfielder was a key player for Wolverhampton Wanderers playing in 33 league games and notching four goals and two assists.
The defensive midfielder tallied 2,661 minutes of Premier League football. He averaged 80.6 minutes of football per match in the English top flight.
Has Ruben Neves Won the Champions League?
No, Ruben Neves has never won the UEFA Champions League. He has won a few team trophies during his career, however.
In 2017-18, Neves won the EFL Championship with Wolves. The team finished first in the division under former manager Nuno Espirito Santo. After winning the Championship, Neves signed a new contract prior to playing in the Premier League for the first time.
Neves has also won one international trophy and a runner up medal with Portugal. He was a part of the Portugal team that finished second at the UEFA European Under 21 Championship in 2015.
In 2018, Neves was a member of the Portugal team that won the inaugural UEFA Nations League tournament. Neves is likely to play at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar unless injury and form prevent him from participating.