Liverpool have reportedly done “major work” on a potential transfer for Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Ruben Neves as they consider a January approach.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to have midfield reinforcements as a priority next year, after missing out on signings in that department during the summer. In addition to Neves, RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer is also said to be on the list of targets.
Meanwhile, former Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham could also be a possibility. According to TEAMTalk, Liverpool put ground work in on both Neves and Laimer over the summer and could be options in the upcoming winter transfer window.
TEAMtalk’s “transfer expert” Graeme Bailey said: “Liverpool did a lot of work towards the end of the window, but in the end instead of spending they went with Arthur – a deal that that has not been a success under any measure.
“But as well as Arthur (Melo) they also did major work on Konrad Laimer and Ruben Neves. Neves has been linked with a number of clubs in recent times with Manchester United and Barcelona amongst those who had shown an interest in the past 12 months or so – but whether he is available in January remains to be seen, as new boss Julen Lopetegui won’t be wanting to lose any of his big names.”
Due to his fine displays and leadership role at Wolves, Neves has been subject of interest from several clubs in the past year, including the likes of Barcelona and Man United, as mentioned. However, a mid-season move could prove to be difficult, with new boss Lopetegui a huge fan and will be keen to keep his captain.
The 25-year-old is currently away with Portugal at the Qatar World Cup, and will play Ghana in their opening match on Thursday. A few more impressive performances from Neves and the interest for his signature could rise significantly.