Wolves boss Bruno Lage warns Manchester United over Ruben Neves interest

Bruno Lage sends transfer warning to Manchester United over Ruben Neves interest

Wolves manager Bruno Lage has warned Manchester United that they are not anxious about selling Ruben Neves unless they receive an attractive offer.

Reports emerged this week that Man United are interested in signing Neves from Wolves in order to improve their midfield.

The Red Devils were expected to sign a central midfielder last summer but failed to do so for some reason.

However, United are either planning on bringing in a defensive midfielder this month or at the end of the season but Neves is reportedly one of their targets.

According to talkSPORT, Wolves would demand around £50million from the Portuguese midfielder’s suitor.

But Lage has hinted that the reported fee for Neves’ services wouldn’t be enough to convince Wolves to cash in on the player, insisting that the West Midland side are not planning on selling their important players.

Ruben Neves was outstanding during Wolves’ 1-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

Responding to the rumours surrounding Neves, Lage said: ‘When you want to do the next step and every time you are selling your best players, then the next step can never happen.

‘We are here with the project and our ideas – that’s everyone: the chairman, sporting director and the manager.

Manchester United are interested in signing Ruben Neves from Wolves
Manchester United are interested in signing Ruben Neves from Wolves

‘The main point is to continue with the same players, try to improve them and go to the next level.

‘But you know this model of football. If one big transfer appears – I can compare with when I was at Benfica and a team paid €120million (£100m) for one player (Joao Felix) – you cannot say no.

‘Or you can say no but you have to balance it. Do you receive the money and use it to improve the team, or do you continue with the same players?’

Manchester United have also been linked with other top defensive midfielders in Aurélien Tchouaméni of Monaco and RB Leipzig star Amadou Haidara.

Ralf Rangnick rates Haidara highly, given he had worked with the midfielder during their time at Leipzig.