Manchester United receive boost in pursuit of Ruben Neves this summer
According to the Express, Granit Xhaka has put pen on a new Arsenal contract which is a boost for Manchester United, who alongside the Gunners, were considered to be in the race to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.
Xhaka, who was set to leave for Italy to join hands with former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho at Roma, has taken a U-turn and has signed a new contract at Arsenal. The Gunners were lining up a move for Ruben Neves this summer if the Swiss had left the club but Arsenal are now expected to cool their interest in the player.
This is a huge boost for Manchester United, who have been interested in signing the player this summer. The Red Devils have been on the lookout for a central midfielder this summer amidst uncertainty circling the future of Paul Pogba. The Frenchman, who joined the club in 2016, has only a year left on his contract and has been linked with a move to French giants PSG this summer.
Moreover, United are also said to let Pogba leave the club if there are suitable offers for the player. Thus, the Red Devils would then need to replace the Frenchman, and this is where Neves comes in.
The Wolves midfielder is a proven Premier League player and can do just about everything in the engine room. Although Scott McTominay and Fred deputized in the defensive midfield last season, United also need a long-term replacement for Nemanja Matic. To this end, Neves would be a fine addition. Wolves are also said to be open to listening to offers for the Portuguese midfielder in the range of £35million.
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Solskjaer wants to bolster his midfield options this summer, courtesy of which the club have also been linked to Rennes’ Eduardo Camavinga and West Ham’s Declan Rice. However, it remains to be seen who United will pursue eventually as they look to compete on all fronts again next season.