Work is seemingly already underway behind the scenes at Liverpool to bolster the team’s midfield options during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to add greater strength in depth to his midfield ranks as he prepares to mount a Premier League title challenge over the 2018/2019 campaign.
The latest turn in the search has seen Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves surface as a potential target amid his stunning season in the Championship.
Following his shock £15.8million summer move from Porto, the youngest captain in Champions League history has taken England’s second tier by storm to tout a top flight pedigree too impressive to ignore.
The 21-year-old has an ‘ongoing negotiation’ with Liverpool and will be allowed to leave if the right offer arrives, according to FourFourTwo.
Ruben Neves has scored 6 goals this season. And EVERY single one of them has been an absolute worldie 😍😍 https://t.co/mF8UIjFLT1
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 12, 2018
Neves has proven a class above his opponents in his first season with Wolves, gaining valuable experience of England football’s vigour and intensity.
In that respect, previous concerns over his adaptability during his time with Porto have since been quashed to make him a more reliable transfer target.
Besides matching the physicality, the Portuguese star has produced a catalogue of wonder strikes and provided a weekly clinic of all-action midfield play.
The technical traits are in place to see him thrive behind an attacking cohort such as Liverpool’s, with his passing range and vision designed to flourish in Klopp’s setup.
A prevailing theory is that the search for midfield recruits stems from the knowledge that Emre Can will in fact be leaving for Juventus when his contract expires in the summer.
Neves serves as the latest in a long line of possible replacements, with Napoli’s Jorginho continuing to be linked to the club.