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Manchester United target Ruben Neves would be a ‘good addition’ to their midfield options, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Red Devils have been linked with a move for Neves over the last couple of transfer windows following a string of impressive displays for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

What is the latest news involving Neves?

Last summer, well-known reporter Duncan Castle’s revealed (via This is Futbol) that Pedro Neto, Adama Traore and Neves were all made available for the right price by the Midlands outfit.

However, all three players ended up staying put, although Traore did end up returning to boyhood club Barcelona in January after falling down the pecking order under new manager Bruno Lage.

And Neves was also tipped to follow the flying winger out of the Molineux exit door, with his eye-catching displays reportedly attracting the attention of United.

According to The Sun, the Red Devils were contemplating making a £35 million offer for the 26-cap Portugal international in the winter window, who has played alongside compatriot Bruno Fernandes 31 times.

The report claimed that United had been mulling over a potential bid since the summer as former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a big fan, but Wolves were holding out for a minimum fee of £40m.

What has O’Rourke said about Neves?

Neves has just shy of two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract, and although he’s believed to be happy at Wolves, he has no intention of putting pen to paper on fresh terms.

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The technically gifted talent has previously spoken about his desire to return to the Champions League, and O’Rourke believes he would be a quality addition to United’s engine room.

He told GiveMeSport: “Neves has been superb in the Premier League for Wolves; he’s a very underrated player. I think he’d be a good addition to that Manchester United midfield as well.”

Would Neves be a good signing?

Neves has registered 23 goals and 11 assists in 203 appearances for Wolves since arriving in July 2017, establishing himself as a firm fan’s favourite.

The midfield maestro has helped Wolves claim the Championship title, record consecutive seventh-placed finishes in the Premier League, and reach the semi-finals of the FA Cup and quarter-finals of the Europa League.

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And when compared to United’s Scott McTominay, it’s clear Neves could offer the 20-time English champions an alternative option in the middle of the pitch.

As per FBref, Neves has won 1.59 tackles, made 5.36 successful pressures, pulled off 2.05 interceptions and 6.55 passes that enter the final third of the pitch per 90 minutes this season.

McTominay, in contrast, has racked up tallies of 1.31, 5.08, 1.71 and 4.27, respectively, indicating Neves could be a good option for United when the market reopens.

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