Jorge Mendes working on Liverpool signing, deal advances after talks, right offer will seal move - report
By Richard Parks
The agents of Wolves central midfielder Ruben Neves have jetted into England to hold talks with Liverpool, according to a report.
FourFourTwo claim the entourage of Neves, 21, recently discussed taking the Portugal international to Anfield during the summer transfer window.
It is said that super-agent Jorge Mendes is personally working on the deal and, that, although an agreement is not yet secured, negotiations have advanced in recent weeks.
FourFourTwo report that Neves will be allowed to leave Wolves for Liverpool if they table the “right offer” for a player who has been one of the stars of the Championship this season following his surprise £15.8million move from Porto last summer.
He was one of three contenders for the Championship player of the year in the vote that was won by Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon last Sunday night.
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Neves and his team-mates confirmed their place in next year’s Premier League with victory over Birmingham last weekend and are on course to win the title in the second tier.
Football Insider verdict:
Given the level of detail in this report, it is seemingly clear that Liverpool are working making sure that Neves starts Premier League life at Anfield rather than Molineux. He would certainly be a mighty fine signing, after demonstrating this season how he is on a completely different level to all other players in the Championship in his central midfield position. Technically brilliant, as he demonstrated with his recent wonder goal – all six of his goals this season have come from outside the box – the five-times Portugal international is also mobile, energetic and tactically astute. He has learned the ropes of English football and demonstrated that he has the class and attitude to not only play in the Premier League, but thrive in it. It is easy to see why he is on Liverpool’s radar and if, indeed, a deal is already done, he would be a great coup.