Barcelona could face a real battle with Newcastle to sign Ruben Neves

In 2023, Barcelona may have to fight hard to land Wolves sensation Ruben Neves in a trade

As part of their long-term strategy to succeed Sergio Busquets at the club, La Blaugrana has been eyeing a potential deal for the Portuguese international at Molineux.

The 25-year-agent, old’s Jorge Mendes, is negotiating a contract between Wolves and Barcelona, according to prior reports from Mundo Deportivo. The Premier League club is seeking about €40 million for the player.

As Xavi reportedly wants a specific type of midfielder to replace Busquets, Newcastle United may now pounce on the opportunity.

Neves is reportedly in the final 18 months of his contract, and according to claims from the Daily Mail, Newcastle is keeping an eye on the issue as head coach Eddie Howe works to assemble a team that will be competitive at St. James’ Park in 2023. The Portuguese international has Premier League experience, which is something that manager Eddie Howe is interested in, and the Magpies are looking for a holding midfielder.

This month, Newcastle is keeping a “watching brief” on the market and won’t make a substantial move unless injuries force them to or a deal makes sense.

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