Conor Coady’s verdict on Ruben Neves speaks volumes amid Man Utd and Arsenal transfer links

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Ruben Neves has been labelled a "boy wonder" by Wolves captain Conor Coady as the race for his services intensifies between Manchester United and Arsenal.

The two Premier League rivals are targeting recruits in midfield ahead of the new season and both have reportedly identified Neves, 24, as a priority option.

The Portugal international has three years remaining on his contract so he will not be available on the cheap, with a £35million fee mooted.

But such a sum may yet prove a bargain for Neves, as Coady claims his teammate "has the world at his feet" and pointed out his relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Neves travelled to Euro 2020 alongside Portugal superstar Ronaldo
(Image: RODRIGO ANTUNES/EPA-EFE/REX)

Asked which of his Molineux colleagues he would switch lives with for a day, Coady told Wolves' official website : "Ruben Neves. He has everything; he’s a boy wonder.

"He has the world at his feet, plays for Portugal, plays with Ronaldo – what a man!"

Duncan Castles provided an update on Neves' future earlier this summer as he spoke on Reach PLC's The Transfer Window Podcast .

He said: "Arsenal have begun working on that deal. They would see Neves as a replacement for Granit Xhaka, who is trying to get to Roma at the moment.

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"I think the question is, what have [ Wolves owners] Fosun baulked at before? Well, in 2019, they were offered £60m for Neves and said no, they wanted £80m at that point.

"It would possibly be €50m (£42.7m) as an asking price this summer, but the price hasn’t been established yet.

"I think there is definitely the prospect of competition from other clubs for Neves now they know he’s available, now Arsenal have put a move in play.

"If a price can be established, I think you [will] probably see other clubs trying to get him as well."

Despite the interest in Neves, he remains a Wolves player and has linked-up with his teammates in Spain for a warm-weather training camp ahead of the new Premier League season.

Neves helped Portugal reach the last 16 of Euro 2020, where they were defeated 1-0 by Belgium, while Coady was a member of the Three Lions squad which progressed to the final but suffered penalty-shootout heartbreak against Italy.

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Coady has a strong bond with Neves and also discussed his teammate's exploits in the kitchen when asked what he would cook after training.

The England international responded: "Francesinha. It’s a Portuguese sandwich and it has everything on it. Ruben cooks it for us and hopefully he’ll teach me how to cook it."

Meanwhile, Arsenal have already strengthened their midfield by signing Albert Sambi Lokonga and they are also reportedly targeting Denis Zakaria.

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