Ruben Neves has edged closer to joining Barcelona after appearing to bid goodbye to the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans on Saturday.

According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Ruben Neves will likely join Barcelona in the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old appeared to bid the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans goodbye after the game against Everton on Saturday. And personal terms are not an issue for the player or the Blaugrana.

Ruben Neves has gone from strength to strength since joining Wolverhampton Wanderers from FC Porto in July 2017. One of the best holding midfielders in the Premier League, the Portuguese international is a pivotal figure for the Black Country outfit. And he has been the club’s captain this season following Conor Coady’s loan move to Everton.

The 26-year-old has turned out over 250 times for the Premier League club, chipping in with 30 goals and 13 assists. But Neves’s stint with Wolverhampton Wanderers will likely end in the summer transfer window. And such a situation has captured the attention of several high-profile clubs, including Barcelona.

Neves has been on Barcelona’s radar for a long time. But the Catalan giants have not launched the offensive for the Wolverhampton Wanderers skipper for a few reasons. Firstly, Barcelona’s financial woes have prohibited them from securing his services. In addition, Xavi Hernandez is not keen on having the player in his squad.

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Such reasons have compelled Barcelona to previously rule out signing Neves. But Jorge Mendes has been pushing the Blaugrana to sign the 26-year-old from Wolverhampton Wanderers. And recent reports have claimed that personal terms will not be an issue for Barcelona or the player. The Catalan giants are now closing in on securing his services.

The Portuguese international appeared to bid goodbye to the Wolverhampton Wanderers fans after their final home game of the 2022/23 season on Saturday. And with Neves keen on joining Barcelona, his Premier League suitors will face an uphill task to sign him. But it is unclear if Barcelona can match his market value of €40 million.

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For now, the Catalan giants appear to be edging closer to signing the 26-year-old. But it will be interesting to see if Barcelona will be open to matching Wolverhampton Wanderers’ valuation. If so, Neves’s stint in the Premier League will end in a few weeks.

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