Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has been linked with a move away from the club in January with Real Madrid reportedly looking to make him a member of Los Blancos, according to Spanish outlet Don Balon.
The reports suggest that super-agent Jorge Mendes would be key to any deal, and it is thought that €50m (£44.9m) would be enough to secure the defensive midfielder.
Mendes has solid links to the west Midlands club, having been the man to bring most of their Portuguese contingent to Molineux.
His first-ever deal was actually that of Wolves boss Nuno Santo back in 1996 while some of his bigger deals include Jose Mourinho to Chelsea in 2004 and James Rodriguez’s move to Madrid for £63m ten years later.
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Neves has played an enormous part in Wolves’ successes over the last few seasons after joining the club in the summer of 2017 – he has gone on to feature 97 times, scoring 13 goals and assisting six more, per Transfermarkt.
Several fans have taken to social media to try and play down the links with one claiming that anything less than £100m would be bad business, calling the 22-year-old the ‘best deep-lying playmaker in the world.’
Another supporter said Neves was better than Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane as one other questioned when the La Liga giants would ‘pay the other half’ of the reported €50m figure.
Here’s more of the reaction:
Anything less than 100m would be bad business for me
Best deep lying playmaker in the world at 22, Jorginho is trash and cost Chelsea 50m..
— Lump it up (@LeagueBladeXD) October 6, 2019
He’s worth twice that amount!! He was tremendous yesterday!!
— Steve Wiles (@SteveWiles20) October 7, 2019
But he’s better than Zidane
— richard playfoot (@richardplayfoo1) October 7, 2019
— David (@perthwolves1) October 6, 2019
Ha ha! When will they pay the other half?
— Nick (@WolvesNick) October 6, 2019
If they make it to Europa knockout round, no way they sell Neves.
— Joshua Buckley (@joshuabuckley) October 6, 2019
— ALFIE (@aepearson02) October 6, 2019
Better be more than
— OVA Iggy (@DiogoJotaro) October 6, 2019
How far can Wolves go in the Europa League?