Blow for Manchester United as PL midfield star agrees Barcelona switch

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves agrees Barcelona deal amidst Manchester United interest

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) star Ruben Neves has agreed a four-year contract with Barcelona amidst interest from Manchester United, according to Sport (h/t The Sun).

The Portugal international’s current contract with the Molineux Stadium side is set to expire in the summer of 2024. But he has agreed to join the Blaugrana at the end of the current campaign.

Jorge Mendes, the 26-year-old’s agent, has an arrangement in place for the midfielder’s move to the Catalan outfit in the upcoming transfer window.

Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves agrees Barcelona deal amidst Manchester United interest.
Barcelona have agreed terms with Manchester United target Ruben Neves. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Wolves will have to pay £26 million to the Spanish giants plus Neves in exchange for Ansu Fati. But it remains to be seen whether the young forward will give the go-ahead for the deal.

The Portugal international has been at the West Midlands-based club since 2017. Over the years, the 26-year-old has been a pivotal player for the Molineux Stadium side in their bid for survival in the Premier League.

Barcelona’s engine room is stacked as things stand. Xavi has the likes of Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi and Frank Kessie at his disposal.

At United, the middle of the park was bolstered with the addition of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen last summer. But still, the Red Devils seemingly lack depth in the midfield.

Fred and Scott McTominay have fallen down the pecking order since Erik ten Hag’s arrival. Donny van de Beek has been underwhelming during his time at the Old Trafford side. In January, we had to sign Marcel Sabitzer on loan to provide the gaffer with adequate options in the engine room.

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Thus, a new number eight should evidently be one of our priorities next summer. But will United be able to beat Barcelona to Neves’ signature? Only time will tell.