Tottenham are looking to play on the Portuguese connection between Jose Mourinho and Wolves ace Ruben Neves in order to bring the midfielder to north London – and Peter Crouch once claimed there is ‘no-one better’ than Neves in a certain area.
The Daily Express has claimed that Tottenham want to sign the 23-year-old midfielder after starring for Wolves over the past three seasons – since the £50million-rated maestro joined the club from Portuguese giants FC Porto.
Now a 16-time Portugal international, Neves has become renowned as one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League – and has continued to develop his reputation for finding the back of the net from long range.
Back in November, Neves scored a screamer from outside the area as Wolves beat Aston Villa 2-1 and former Spurs star Crouch claimed that Neves tops the charts when it comes to shooting from outside of the area.
“The first goal epitomised Villa. They switched off, it was a great finish by Neves,” Crouch said, as per the Birmingham Mail. “This is a player who has scored 14 goals for Wolves and 11 of them have been from outside the box – there’s no one better.
“The cut-back was on all day – you could see it a mile off – and it’s a great finish. He’s done that so many times. How you can leave him on his own in that situation I’ll never know.”
TBR’s view – Surely Tottenham will opt against splashing out £50m?
Chairman Daniel Levy is likely to bring a handful of new signings to Tottenham this summer, but whether those signings will be the likes of Neves or any big-money additions remains to be seen. Surely, it is unlikely, though.
Tottenham have just been forced to take out a £175million loan out to balance the books. Spurs are much more likely to go after loans or free transfers – with Willian and Ryan Fraser linked of late, given they are both out of contract.
Splashing a near club-record fee on Neves would see Spurs complete a deal for one of the best midfielders in England’s top tier – but surely there is no chance such a deal will be targeted this summer.