Manchester City might launch a bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves in the January transfer window, to bolster their midfield options.
Neves joined Wolves from FC Porto last summer in a Championship record £16 million transfer and he has since gone on to appear 44 times for the club.
The 21-year-old is pivotal in Nuno Espirito Santo’s plan and has quickly developed a reputation as a creative player with a penchant for scoring from long range.
The Portuguese star scored six goals from outside the box during his first year with the club as Wolves gained promotion to the Premier League, a tally which he has already added to this season after scoring a sensational free-kick against Everton.
Espirito Santo reckons Neves services are needed if his side is to avoid relegation this term and will have to reject a £60 million bid from the Cityzens.
The Premier League champions tried to sign Jorginho from Napoli during the transfer window, but when he opted to join Chelsea instead, the Spanish boss reluctantly settled with his current squad
City are considering using Neves to play in that deep-lying midfield role alongside Fernandinho, which means the club could make an approach for the Wolves star when the transfer window re-opens after Christmas.
Pep Guardiola have started the season well with back to back wins but without talismanic midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, which could also increase their need for a player like Neves when January rolls around.