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Man Utd transfer news: 4 reasons United might go for Ruben Neves as De Jong plan B | Football | Sport

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Manchester United have 4 the reason why they could pursue Ruben Neves as a substitute for Frenkie de Jong, reports say. De Jong has been the Red Devils’ top midfield goal this summer but a deal doesn’t look like any closer.

A fee has been agreed between United and Barcelona for a while. Nevertheless, Dutchman De Jong is eager to stay on the Nou Camp and doesn’t wish to move to Old Trafford.

Neves has long been linked with United and may very well be checked out as a substitute for De Jong. Interest within the Wolves star dates back to no less than last summer.

And Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy claims there are 4 the reason why the 25-year-old could also be United’s chosen plan B. She says his style, passing ability, goal threat and skill to manage a game is what attracts United to him.

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Reddy said: “We all know Frenkie de Jong has been Manchester United’s priority goal, but with the deal dragging on, alternatives will come into play and one in every of the names we all know they’ve checked out and have been curious about is Ruben Neves of Wolves.

“There may be a long-standing interest from the Old Trafford club due to his stylistic profile, incredible passing range, a threat by way of goalscoring and he controls the tempo very well – all of the stuff you want in an anchor in a progressive side.”

A deal for the Portugal international won’t come low-cost though as Wolves are keen to maintain the player. United are still holding out confidence that De Jong will find yourself joining them before the summer window shuts.

Reddy added: “We all know Wolves value him upwards of £60m. They would not wish to lose him necessarily, but United should get thinking about the actual fact the longer the De Jong saga drags on with no resolution between him and Barcelona, what else may be done?

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“From United’s end though, they continue to be quite confident of their agreement with Barcelona for De Jong and are quite confident that the player does indeed want to hitch them.”

Barca president Joan Laporta has been contradictory over the long run of De Jong throughout the summer. Only last week did he claim he was keen for him to remain.

Laporta said: “The very first thing to say is we wish Frenkie to remain at Barcelona. We love the player and him as a human being.

“I need him to remain at Barcelona. He’s a high-quality player and an excellent guy. I also know that he desires to stay.”

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