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Barcelona showing ‘considerable interest’ in Arsenal, Man Utd target

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Barcelona have reportedly joined the hunt to sign Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, who has been linked with Arsenal and Man Utd.

The 25-year-old joined Wolves in 2017 for £16m while the Molineux club were in the Championship.

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After making his debut in the Portuguese top flight and Champions League at the age of 17, it was no surprise that Neves excelled in the second tier of English football.

In October 2015, the Portugal international became the youngest captain in Champions League history when he wore the armband in a group stage game against Maccabi Tel Aviv at the age of 18.

He has been a mainstay in the Wolves team since arriving and it is no surprise to see him linked with a move away from Molineux.

Arsenal are in the market for a new central midfielder and Neves reportedly fits the bill, with numerous reports claiming the Gunners are keen on signing him this summer.

However, Erik ten Hag – who is reportedly close to being announced as the new Man Utd manager – is prioritising the signing of Neves should he take over at Old Trafford.

The Premier League pair might have to fight off Barcelona, who are showing ‘considerable interest’ in the midfielder, as per Sky Sports News.

Barcelona are struggling financially and have primarily been working in the free agent market.

Their financial troubles resulted in the loss of legendary forward Lionel Messi last summer.

It is said that Arsenal are ‘encouraged to pursue a deal for Neves’ due to Man Utd’s managerial situation. They are also interested in Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz.

Meanwhile, Bukayo Saka has named Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets as his toughest opponent, recalling an occasion when the midfielder “embarrassed” him.

Saka has come up against Busquets just once, in a pre-season friendly in August 2019.

The Arsenal winger said: “The way he just so elegantly turned me! I came at him to press him, I tried to fake this side then go to the other, and the way he just embarrassed me: I was just like, yeah, this guy is elite.

“The way he just took me out of the play, I said, ‘Respect.’ [Busquets] is three steps ahead of everyone and that’s what makes you a top footballer. That’s what I realised that day.”

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