Arsenal rule out Ruben Neves move

Arsenal are unlikely to move for Ruben Neves in January, which could boost the chances of Newcastle United in pursuit of the midfielder.

According to Fichajes, Arsenal are about to rule out a move for Ruben Neves ahead of the January transfer window. The Portuguese international has been long linked with an imminent return to the Premier League by Newcastle United, the club most interested in bringing him back.

Ruben Neves has been in the news for a few weeks due to his links with a return to the Premier League, specifically Newcastle United. The Portuguese international, who only left Wolves in a £47 million deal during the summer window, has caused quite a stir among the English clubs.

A recent vote that these clubs took part in allowed the idea of a player exchange between clubs within the same ownership. This is only in the January window. A broader decision will come later, but the recent verdict means Newcastle United have the green light to move for Neves.

The Magpies have emerged as the favourites to sign Neves, with reports suggesting all parties are open to the idea. The 26-year-old Portuguese international has caught Arsenal’s interest, but there could be some competition.

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Mikel Arteta has identified several names ahead of the January transfer window to shore up his midfield. Yet, none are easy targets. Neves remains an option, but the complexities surrounding a deal for the Al-Hilal star could slow things.

The report suggests the Gunners have ruled out a move for Neves and will instead focus on other targets. Arsenal want Douglas Luiz in January on priority, but Aston Villa will fight to keep him. The cost to sign either Neves or Luiz will prove high for the Gunners, but from a profile point of view, Arteta prefers Luiz.

They have previous links to the Brazilian, having seen a series of bids rejected by Aston Villa in the summer of 2022. Romano pointed again at the Gunners pushing for Luiz, which could see them ending their chase for Neves. The Portuguese might come back to England next summer instead of this winter. Teams like Newcastle United will watch for the midfielder.

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