According to Portuguese media, Visao de Mercado, Chelsea FC are preparing an £ 18 million bid for Porto ace, Ruben Neves. The Roman Emperor have targeted Neves as Conte looks to strengthen his midfield area. Reports are also mentioning that Italian giant Juventus and in-form Premiere League club Liverpool are also monitoring Neves situation.
Neves recorded two caps for Portugal. Burst onto the scene in the 14/15 season, when he made his debut when he was just 17 years old. Five days after his debut, Neves was played in the Champions League match and became the youngest ever Portuguese player to appear in the European competition.
In the 15/15 season, Neves was appointed to captaincy, which means that he became the youngest captain in the Portuguese giant’s history. Because of his ability to keep the ball and organize strategy, big things were expected from him.
Media and experts said that Neves’ ability is similar to Portuguese legendary midfielder, Deco. However, he has faded from view in recent months. Neves has only managed 4 games for the Dragon this season, and never been played in European competition. Though being overlooked in favor of Renato Sanchez, many clubs, including Chelsea have not dropped their interest in the talented midfielder.
Meanwhile, another Premiere League club, Liverpool is also monitoring Neves’ situation. It looks like Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp wanted to strengthen his midfield area with such powerful, young talent despite he has brought some new names last summer. However, even some names have been bought by Liverpool, including Senegalese Mane, Holland midfielder Wijnaldum and Serbian Grujic, Klopp still unable to find an ideal defensive midfielder. German versatile Emre Can was sided for some matches because of injury and veteran James Milner was played as a left back.
For Juventus, Neves seems to be an ideal option after they have lost Paul Pogba who moved to Manchester United. They have brought Miralem Pjanic from Roma but it seems that Allegri is still unsatisfied. If the Italian giant successfully land Neves, they would have some options in the midfield that would help them face tight schedules. However, Porto seems to ask high price Neves admirers.
Ruben Neves is Portuguese sensation. His name started to raise after Porto boss Julen Lopetegui called him to be part of the main squad’s pre-season. The manager being impressed with his ability as defensive midfielder. His Primeira Liga debut was made on 15 August 2014, when he was still 17 years old and 5 months. He is also the youngest player in the Dragon’s history to score goal in the Primeira Liga.
Neves described as natural defensive midfielder who is not afraid to leave his position and help prompt attacks. Neves has a great maturity and also given an accurate passing skills. His great vision and astute sense of positioning are often compared to former Barcelona and Portuguese legend Deco and Joao Moutinho. The 19-year-old midfielder is also known as hard worker, which seems to be the reason why Liverpool interested in him.