Former Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has hinted that he would like to see Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves join the Gunners this summer. Speaking on his Seaman Says podcast, the ex-England international described Neves as a “quality player” and said that he believed he was more than just a backup plan for Arsenal.
The Portuguese midfielder has been linked with a Molineux exit for some time, with Barcelona reportedly interested in his services as well. However, recent reports suggest that Neves could be available for around £45m this summer, which would make him a more affordable option for the North London club.
Seaman’s endorsement of the player is likely to fuel speculation that Arsenal will pursue the 24-year-old in the transfer window. Neves has played over 100 Premier League games for Wolves since joining the club in 2017, and has built a reputation as a composed and reliable midfielder with excellent distribution skills.
If he were to move to Arsenal, Neves would be joining a team that has struggled in midfield this season. The Gunners have struggled to replace the departing Aaron Ramsey and have been forced to rely heavily on youngsters like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe. Signing a player of Neves’ experience and quality could help address this weakness in the squad and provide a much-needed boost to Arsenal‘s midfield options.
Of course, there is no guarantee that Neves would be willing to leave Wolves this summer. The club’s owner, Fosun International, is reportedly unwilling to sell its best players unless it receives a significant fee, and Neves is one of the club’s most valuable assets.
However, if Arsenal were to make a serious bid for the player, it’s possible that Wolves could be persuaded to cash in on him. With the club looking to cut costs and rebuild ahead of next season, a £45m fee for Neves would represent a significant windfall that could be reinvested in new signings.
Overall, it’s clear that Neves would be an excellent addition to Arsenal‘s squad if the club were able to sign him. Whether or not the Gunners will be able to tempt Wolves into selling remains to be seen, but Seaman’s endorsement is sure to be taken seriously by the Arsenal hierarchy. If a deal can be done, it could represent one of the shrewdest pieces of business of the summer transfer window.