English football appears to have relatively new and very capable competitors as far as luring the top European talent is concerned.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are to sign highly-rated Portugal star Ruben Neves for £14million, according to a report by Journal de Notices.
Neves is reportedly set to reunite with Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, who he previously played under at Porto.
Capturing the services of Neves would mark the second significant and frankly eye-opening signing the Championship side have made in the last two years, following in the footsteps of winger Hélder Costa, who joined on-loan from Benfica in July 2016 before signing permanently for £13million in January this year.
Neves has regularly been linked to both Liverpool and Chelsea in the past having emerged as one of Europe’s top young prospects, although rumours have continuously failed to materialise.
A move to the second tier of English football seems bizarre for a 20-year-old that has captained one of Portugal’s top sides and also impressed in the Champions League.
Porto’s apparent Financial Fair Play concerns mean they could be forced to sell arguably one of the best players for a far lower fee than most would have expected.