Manchester United now ahead of Arsenal in the race for midfielder

Manchester United is leading Arsenal in the race for Ruben Neves this summer.

The Gunners have made him their preferred candidate to replace Granit Xhaka when the Swiss midfielder joins AS Roma.

However, the Italians haven’t reached an agreement with Arsenal for his signature so far.

Xhaka appears keen to make the move, but he can only join Jose Mourinho in Rome if Arsenal gets their desired transfer fee.

TalkSPORT as reported by the Daily Mail says the Gunners have held talks with his agent, however, they are no longer leading the race for his signature.

Manchester United has become the favourites to sign him following their recent interest.

The report says the Red Devils have identified the 24-year-old as the perfect replacement for Paul Pogba who could leave them before this transfer window closes.

If they don’t sell Pogba now, they might lose him on a free transfer next summer because the Frenchman wants out.

They are now looking to offload him to PSG for £43m and his agent is in talks with the French club over securing his signature.

Arsenal has prioritised bolstering their midfield this summer and some of the fans may not be happy if they miss out on signing Neves.

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  1. Phenom says:

    I am not worried at all! They can have him.

  2. Neath Gunner says:

    Great news.
    We don’t need him.
    Just get Aouar

  3. omotosho says:

    bissouma is always available for us… i always preferred him

    1. ken1945 says:

      omotosho, agree 100% and he is a Gooner fan!!!

  4. Biscuitbum says:

    Another little rumour tossed into the ether. Remember City, Everton, and Chelsea were all set to outbid us for Ben White. If I were to tell you that Nuno Espirito Santo has asked Paratici to place a bid on behalf of Spurs, as he had a good relationship with the player at Wolves, would you believe it? That said United may want the player and will add another £30m odd to their mounting debts.

  5. Durand says:

    So we could possibly replace a slow midfielder good at passing with another slow midfielder who is good at passing.

    What could go wrong? At least with Neves our attack can fire on all cylinders now, aye?

    Attacking Woes solved, check.

    1. Alex says:

      @Durand Far better progressive passer, better tackling ability, not error prone,better defensively, better press resistance. Funny how more transfer speculation on neves than bissouma. Bissouma is so good but Liverpool didn’t consider him to replace wjinaldum.

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  7. gunnerforlife says:

    Arsenal must go in for Aouar and Bissouma. Bissouma loves to play for Arsenal, lets sign players wanting to play for Arsenal.

  8. Grandad says:

    Based on what I saw in many League matches last season Bissouma was decidedly superior to Neves.

  9. jon fox says:

    PRAY THIS REPORT IS TRUE, as I can’t fathom WHY we are linked with this very moderate player at such a high price. If Utd get Neves and lose Pogba, they are weakened IMO!

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