Man United in talks to sign Portuguese Arsenal target

Manchester United are in talks over a potential deal to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who has also been linked as a target for Arsenal.

The Gunners are strongly believed to be keen on strengthening their midfield this summer, and while a deal to sign Albert Sambi Lokonga is claimed to be close, we will still be expected to sign another option in the middle also.

Dani Ceballos has already departed after he completed his second season-long loan spell from Real Madrid, while Granit Xhaka is also tipped for the exit door at present.

Arsenal had been favourites to land the Wolves star, who has thoroughly impressed since joining from Porto in 2017, but they now look set to fall behind Man United, who are now claimed to have held talks over a potential deal.

The Express also claims that the Red Devils are closing in on a deal for Jadon Sancho, who is claimed to have told his England team-mates that he will be playing at Old Trafford next term.

Neves could be an exciting addition to our current options in midfield, and one I would prefer over the likes of Renato Sanches, although Yves Bissouma is another who should improve our side also.

Which midfielder would you most like to see line up alongside Thomas Partey next term?

Patrick

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11 Comments

  1. omotosho says:

    renato sanches and yves bissouma

  2. guy says:

    TBH any one is fine, but like omotosho I maybe have a slight preference for bissouma or R Sanches.
    As a matter of interest GP, why not RS for you?

    1. JanV says:

      For me, the track record of RS (at Bayern and Swansea) puts slight question mark over his PL readiness.

  3. JanV says:

    Given the fact that it is time to start believing the rumours about Xhaka leaving, whoever replaces him needs to be able to contribute from day one. For me that would be Neves or Bissouma.

    If we “lose” Ceballos, Odegaard and Xhaka, what constitutes strengthening our midfield? Surely replacing those three players with Neves/Bissouma and Lokonga can not be seen as a massive midfield upgrade.

    1. guy says:

      For me Neves is the most similar to Xhaka, and I’m not sure we want to go there again. Sanches is potentially the best of the three, but as you say it hasn’t always worked for him. In a way Bissouma is the safest bet, but way overpriced. Bearing in mind we should get a good AM as well so this isnt the Odegaard slot, and all 3 are solid and can pass we should have both a more stable base and slightly more progressive CM.
      Who would you like Jan?

      1. guy says:

        Odegaard didnt play many and was a loanee we haven’t ditched him, he went back. Ceballos flattered to deceive and was an accident waiting to happen. Xhaka a super player but never suited our style. So in terms of contolling the midfield, which is not a “sexy” position, getting in quick, strong, tackling passing players who will improve and allow Partey freedom is a good upgrade.

      2. 03 gooner says:

        If not bissouma then locatelli is who I want. He is similarly a deeplying playmaker who is more mobile than xhaka and good tackler/interceptor. Juve are struggling to pay his asking price of €40 and may turn their attention to xhaka, leaving an opening for us to swoop in. I hope we take advantage of this situation.

      3. JanV says:

        Guy – I agree with you that Bissouma might be the safest bet and is surely more mobile than Xhaka and Neves, however, Neves seems more mature. Neither Bissouma nor Neves would be a major upgrade in all aspects. Strangely enough, if we kept Xhaka I would prefer Bissouma but if we sell Xhaka I would want Neves. We will miss the leadership on the pitch of Xhaka perhaps more than his footballing skills.

        Bissouma-Partey although mobile would potentially be light on communication/leadership.

        I guess it would also depend on becomes the creative spark. If that will rest on the shoulders of ESR we would still be light on leadership.

        Oh, if we only could get Santi back. Santi-Partey could have been very usefull.

  4. jon fox says:

    Which midfielder Patrick? Well not Neves for sure and definitely not at even half his quoted price. I hope and strongly believe we will pass on him. He is nothing special at all.

  5. Oracle Collins says:

    Bissouma is far far much better player than Neves.Neves is just an upgraded Xhaka please spair me and some people are busy moaning on Xhaka’s Leadership, my Question to you is do want leadership or do you want to win matches. Just get Bissouma premier League proven tested and tried period! No More trials and error here.

  6. Nigel Jones says:

    I am a real fan of arsenal but as right now they’re fastrating me with only promise players then only to here they are going to another club i am fed up ONLY WHEN I SEE THEY CONFIRM A PLAYER THEN I WILL BELIEVE

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