Liverpool’s chances of signing wonderkid midfielder Rueben Neves this summer appear slim after Portuguese paper Abola revealed his club FC Porto have flatly refused to enter talks.
The 19-year-old is one of the most highly rated young players on the continent, and emerged as a prospective target for Jurgen Klopp’s summer rebuild.
Abola claim Porto, traditionally a selling club, will happily sell Yacine Brahimi and Hector Herrera (both linked with Liverpool), but will not consider a deal for the teenager who’s already captained them on a number of occasions.
This is because they see him as the future of their club, and reckon his value and ability will only sky rocket, making a summer sale this window a wasted opportunity both on and off the field.
Liverpool have snapped up Marko Grujic who plays in centre-midfield already, but are clearly on the look out for another. Piotr Zielinski is being heavily linked, and Mahmoud Dahoud has been installed as the no.1 target. Both are young midfielders with room to grow, as Neves would be too.
As it is though, we wait patiently for Klopp to make more telling moves.