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Manchester United determined to sign Ruben Neves this month

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The Wolves mid­field­er Neves, 24, has two more years on his cur­rent con­tract at Molineux — but has spo­ken of his desire to play in the Cham­pi­ons League.

His agent Jorge Mendes has been in con­tact with Unit­ed over a poten­tial offer for the Por­tu­gal inter­na­tion­al since the sum­mer with ex-man­ag­er Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer a big fan.

Accord­ing to Sun­Sport, Man­ches­ter Unit­ed could bid around € 31million to lure Neves away from the Mid­lands this month.

How­ev­er, Wolves are believed to only lis­ten to offers over € 47million for their star — which have also sparked Arse­nal inter­est in the past.

Neves is hap­py at Wolves, and he’s unlike­ly to sign a con­tract exten­sion as he con­sid­ers the next stage in his development.

Unit­ed inter­im boss Ralf Rang­nick is on the hunt for a new mid­field­er after poor per­for­mances from Scott McTom­i­nay, Neman­ja Mat­ic and Fred since joining.

The Ger­man coach had a front row seat to Neves’ abil­i­ty as Wolves claimed a famous 1–0 win over Unit­ed at Old Traf­ford on Monday.

Wolves man­ag­er Bruno Lage — anoth­er Mendes client who replaced Nuno Espir­i­to San­to this sum­mer — is des­per­ate to keep Neves.

Lage said: “It’s not about a con­tract or the mon­ey. It’s about cre­at­ing a great team that fights for dif­fer­ent things.

“Ruben is in this place where he needs a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge. And we also want a dif­fer­ent chal­lenge for the club. We want to push young guys, like Ruben, to the next level.”

Ruben signed for the Por­to Wolves in the sum­mer of 2017, becom­ing a main­stay of the squad which was pro­mot­ed to the Pre­mier League a year lat­er before qual­i­fy­ing for Europe.

Asked about his own future in Decem­ber, Neves added: “The future will soon be visible.

“I like liv­ing in the present and I’m hap­py, I feel good at Wolver­hamp­ton and I’m going to focus here because if I do it right I’m sure the future will be bright.”

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