Manchester United give swap improve in race to sign Ruben Neves | Soccer

Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves is required by Barcelona and Manchester United this summer time season (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United have been given a huge boost in their pursuit of Ruben Neves, with Wolves closing in on Sporting Lisbon midfielder Joao Palhinha.

This summer, the Red Devils are in the hunt for a new central midfielder and are said to be big admirers of Neves, who has been a star since joining England in 2017.

Wolves are reluctant to sell the Portuguese maestro, with manager Bruno Lage wanting up to £100m for his top midfielder.

However, according to The Sun, Wolves are close to agreeing a deal to sign compatriot Palhinha, who could replace Neves if the 25-year-old leaves in the summer.

The report goes on to say that United face competition from Barcelona, ​​who are also interested in a deal for Neves.

In the last two windows, United have failed to steer Neves away from the Midlands following significant interest.

Frankie de Jong

Frenkie de Jong is believed to be another target for United (Picture: Getty)

The former Porto player has made over 140 Premier League appearances and scored 15 goals.

Other United targets in midfield include Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong and Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz. De Jong is valued at £65million and could be offered £350,000 a week to take him away from the Nou Camp.

However, it’s harder to get such signings without Champions League football to offer.

Last season the Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League and Erik ten Hag is looking to freshen up United’s squad ahead of next term.

The Dutchman is particularly lacking in midfield options, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba leaving the club on free transfers.

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