Liverpool and Chelsea are in the race for Porto’s Ruben Neves, reports dubious Portuguese publication A Bola, translated by the Express.
The 20-year-old is rated at £30m in their report, with both Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested in taking advantage of Porto’s financial difficulties.
Neves has been with Porto for 12 years and has already captained the club, impressing in the Champions League during 2015/16 especially.
We’ve been chasing Naby Keita all summer, and Lazio’s Sergey Milinkovic-Savic, but Neves seemingly provides another midfield alternative considering the Italians just put a €70m price-tag on the Serbian’s head.
We’d have more time for this article if A Bola hadn’t routinely linked every Porto, Benfica or Sporting Lisbon player to England for the past three transfer windows.
There’s virtually never been any genuine interest from Liverpool’s behalf, yet rumours of William Carvalho, Yacine Brahimi, Joao Mario (now Inter), Gelson Martins, Rafa Silva and even Iker Casillas have persisted.
There’s no doubt Neves was under consideration once, but he’s actually regressed this term – losing his spot in the side and failing to show consistently that he can become one of Europe’s best midfielders.
We’d be surprised if this story was legitimate.