Bruno Lage has claimed that Wolves value Ruben Neves at £100m ahead of the summer transfer window.
Antonio Conte reportedly wants Spurs to make six new signings this summer, including two midfielders (The Telegraph).
Neves is thought to be one of the options on Tottenham’s radar according to 90 min, with the midfielder said to have informed Wolves of his desire to leave.
The report added that Spurs face competition from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid for the 25-year-old but explained there is no clear frontrunner in the race as things stand.
Lage has now opened up on Neves’ future, admitting that he considered the Portuguese international to be an important part of his pans.
However, he insisted that a club like Wolves are always open to selling their star players for the right offer if it presents them with an opportunity to rebuild, and he put the midfielder’s value at a whopping £100m.
Lage told Sky Sports about Neves: “We need to be ready for everything. A player like Ruben Neves has a value of £100m. Anything can happen, not just with Ruben.
“We need to wait for an offer, we don’t have nothing, we need to wait for an offer and understand what (will) really happen. What is good for the club, good for the player.
“For me, it is clear, if I want to work with Ruben, yes. If you ask the player if he wants to work for me, for sure he will say yes. But this is football and you never know what can happen in the next day.
“We can prepare the best strategy, for what we want, that is the best players on the pitch. I don’t have any problem with anyone in that position but if I have everyone available I will pick Ruben.
“It is clear because that’s what I did since the first day. He can give us a different dimension. He is a big player and our first choice for that position.”
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I think Lage was just making a point about Wolves not being able to turn down a ridiculous offer. If reports of Neves wanting to leave are true, his value is likely to be closer to the £50m range, given that he only has two years left to run on his contract (Transfermarkt).
Wolves would not want to price the 25-year-old out of a move this summer and then be forced to let him leave for a cut-price fee 12 months later.
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