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Doherty picks Arsenal target Ruben Neves as one to watch at World Cup
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Doherty picks Arsenal target Ruben Neves as one to watch at World Cup

Matt Doherty has told the Tottenham Hotspur website that reported Arsenal target Ruben Neves is his player to watch at the World Cup on Thursday.

Neves continues to attract plenty of attention. He has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the last 12 months.

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The Sun reported in the summer that Wolves had seen off interest from the Gunners by demanding £75 million for the 25-year-old. But it seems that Mikel Arteta’s men remain in the running.

Neves one to watch

The Sunday Mirror reported in October that Barcelona believe Arsenal want Neves as the Catalan giants look to sign the £50 million-rated midfielder for themselves.

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Neves is now part of the Portugal side gearing up for their World Cup opener on Thursday. And Doherty – who played alongside him at Molineux – picked out the former Porto star as his one to watch today.

“I’m going to go with someone I know, and I hope starts the game, and that’s Ruben Neves in midfield for Portugal against Ghana. Even if he doesn’t start, I’m sure he’ll come on and have an impact in the tournament. I know exactly what he’s capable of from my time at Wolves. Hopefully he starts,” he told the Tottenham website.

Of course, there is a chance that Neves will be up against Thomas Partey today. Partey is a crucial part of Ghana’s side.

So plenty of Arsenal fans will have their eyes on the game anyway. And if Neves stands out, that will not go unnoticed.

You would also imagine that the likes of Edu and Mikel Arteta will be looking on. Partey is absolutely pivotal to the Gunners’ success. So their priority will be making sure that he gets through the tournament unscathed.

But they will also have one eye on how Neves performs if he is indeed on their radar.

Portugal have an amazing squad at this tournament. So there is the potential for Neves to go a very long way over the coming weeks.

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