Liverpool retain Ruben Neves interest

Liverpool remain interested in Ruben Neves, and they could push for a January transfer, but Wolves may not sanction a sale.

According to TEAMtalk, Liverpool are considering an approach for Ruben Neves in January, with the midfielder resurfacing on Jurgen Klopp’s shortlist. The Reds need reinforcements in central midfield and are targeting a host of players suitable to play for them.

Liverpool made minimal moves in the summer transfer window, focusing plenty on youth and their forward line. The arrival of Darwin Nunez strengthened their forward line, but Jurgen Klopp’s main concern is central midfield.

The Reds have thoroughly struggled with the form of their players, especially Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. Liverpool have missed several of their stars, like Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, through injury, but the duo could leave at the end of the season.

Moreover, the team’s form in the middle has regressed since the season began, and Klopp remains keen to solve it in the next two windows. A host of players are linked, with Jude Bellingham their primary target.

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However, Klopp also wants a player who could bring balance to the midfield. The presence of Fabinho and Henderson alongside the likes of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho has yet to yield good results. They are linked with Youri Tielemans and 25-year-old Portuguese international Ruben Neves.

Leicester may not allow Tielemans to depart in January, although they could lose him on a free transfer later. Meanwhile, Neves could be an achievable target if Liverpool can make a sizeable offer for the Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder.

Neves’s contract is up in 2024, and Wolves could lose him on the cheap next summer. The Midlands club could sell if Liverpool can table a reasonable offer. But new coach Julen Lopetegui may not want to lose a key player ahead of a relegation fight. It certainly complicates a transfer for the 25-year-old Portuguese international.

Losing him in January would be a blow, particularly if Neves could help Wolves fend off relegation. The Reds could approach the Barcelona target, who is reportedly willing to move to a bigger side.

Neves will be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup representing Portugal, which could allow clubs like Liverpool to take a closer look at his game. He would improve the Reds in the midfield department. But any transfer for the 25-year-old Portuguese international would be expensive for Liverpool in January.

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