Wolverhampton Wanderers were willing to allow Adama Traore and Ruben Neves to leave the club during the summer transfer window, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.
What’s the latest news involving the duo?
Reports suggest Wolves are looking to make Traore, whose current £43,000-per-week contract expires in less than two years, the club’s highest-paid player by offering a new four-year deal worth £120,000-per-week.
It comes after Tottenham Hotspur looked to prise the Spain international away from Molineux by sealing a season-long loan move which included the view to a permanent £40million transfer next summer.
While Wolves turned down the proposal, Spurs returned with a £30million bid as the deadline loomed.
But the north Londoners were left frustrated again and decided against meeting the £45million price tag put on Traore by Wolves.
According to Portuguese media outlet Record, Arsenal held talks over a potential move for central midfielder Neves.
Neves, who headed to Molineux from Portuguese giants Porto for a Championship record fee in 2017, was also on the radar of Manchester United before the transfer window slammed shut at the end of last month.
What has Dean Jones said about Traore and Neves?
Transfer guru Jones has claimed Wolves, under new head coach Bruno Lage after mutually agreeing to part company with Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of last season, were open to the idea of letting Traore and Neves leave during the summer.
Jones admits the possibility of Wolves allowing two key men to depart came as a huge shock.
He told GMS: “Tottenham offered some money, it wasn’t enough and they weren’t willing to go higher.
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“It’s a bit of a strange one because the signals over the summer had been that Traore and Neves would be available.
“I think that came as a bit of a surprise to everyone.”
How have they performed for Wolves this season?
Despite uncertainty over his future, Traore has clearly become a key part of Lage’s plans as he has started all of Wolves’ Premier League fixtures so far.
He also came on as a late substitute in the League Cup second round victory over Championship side Nottingham Forest last month.
Like Traore, 24-year-old Neves has played an influential role under the new regime and not missed a single minute of top flight action since the new campaign got underway.
He was, however, an unused substitute as Wolves saw off Nottingham Forest to book their place in the third round of the League Cup.