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Manchester United target Ruben Neves worth £100m, claims Wolves manager Bruno Lage

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has warned Manchester United that they will not sign Portugal international Ruben Neves on the cheap this summer.

The 45-year-old has claimed the Red Devils will have to shell out around double the price paid by Liverpool to secure star striker Diogo Jota.


Neves will cost Manchester United dearly

Jurgen Klopp’s side snapped up Jota for £41million in September 2020, and the Portuguese ace has gone from strength to strength since joining Anfield – scoring 33 goals so far for the Reds.

Neves is contracted to Wolves until 2024 and has four goals and two assists in 31 appearances for the Midlands club this season, although his real influence in the team is far greater than these stats suggest. .

Lage is keen to build his squad around the 25-year-old who continues to shine in his midfield, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona all keen on signing him.

But the boss insists he won’t be snapped up for a cut price, insisting he values ​​the player at around £100m.

“Maybe both stories are real because I don’t know if Manchester United or other teams want to sign him,” Lage said ahead of Friday night’s Premier League clash with Newcastle United.

“What I know is that we have a special player who is having a very good season because the way we play has improved Ruben. He has improved a lot.

Manchester United target Ruben Neves worth £100m, claims Wolves manager Bruno Lage


Lage says Red Devils will have to pay twice what Liverpool paid for Jota

“He takes our team to a different level and when you have this kind of player the best policy is to increase his salary and give him more years on his contract.

“We have a top player in this position who can defend and he can attack.

“He’s a top professional and a big man, so the big teams are there for him and they can afford £100m for a player.

“I prefer to keep him as long as possible, but I preferred to keep Joao Felix at Benfica, then Atletico Madrid came in with £100m and suddenly he’s gone!

“These days, which clubs can really turn down an offer of £80m, £90m or £100m?

Manchester United target Ruben Neves worth £100m, claims Wolves manager Bruno Lage


Neves continues to impress for Wolves

“Maybe there are five or six clubs in the world and you will notice that I raise the price all the time!”

Neves joined Wolves from Porto for a fee of around £16m in 2017 – a hefty sum for a Championship player, but one that quickly seemed like a real bargain.

He helped guide them to the league title and promotion to the Premier League in his first season at the club, with Wolves having enjoyed four consecutive seasons in the top flight since.

Neves is currently sidelined with a knee injury but his influence helped Wanderers finish eighth in the table ahead of their trip to Newcastle.

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