Manchester United midfield target available for just £40m this summer

Manchester United have been told that it will cost them just £40m to land long-term target Ruben Neves as Wolves look to offload their midfield talent this summer.

Erik ten Hag’s side are expected to be looking for fresh blood in the middle of the park, with Marcel Sabitzer currently only at the club on loan and Christian Eriksen now well into the twilight years of his career at the top level.

There are question marks over the future of both Scott McTominay and Fred beyond this summer, and while Frenkie de Jong appears to be Ten Hag’s golden goose, a move looks unlikely barring a chance in circumstances around the Dutchman.

And this could lead them back to Ruben Neves, who they have been strongly linked with in previous seasons but has never been free to leave Wolverhampton for anything less than an extortionate price.

That has changed, though. As per the Telegraph, ‘the midfielder has just over a year left on his contract and with negotiations mutually on hold, he is expected to finally move on from Molineux’ this summer.

Due to his contract situation, the club are only set to hold out for around £40m, and ‘there is a general acceptance within the club that he should be playing Champions League football’, which could see him move on.

At just 26 years old and already with five seasons of Premier League experience under his belt, the Portuguese international could be a bargain addition.

The Red Devils have also reportedly joined the race for Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who is expected to leave this summer with his contract also up in 2024 and showing no signs of extending his time at Stamford Bridge.

However, Chelsea are demanding around £70m for the Englishman, who is also wanted by Liverpool this summer, though pressure on the Blues to sell early could bring that price down significantly.

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Ben Browning

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