Man City ready to go big in January with whopping £60m bid for Portuguese international
p>Drew Bartle Head Sports Editor
Manchester City have started the Premier League season right where they left off last season as champions – and if possible, they look even better after a dismantling of Huddersfield Town by six goals to one. However, The Sun are stating that Pep Guardiola’s side are eyeing up further improvements to the squad in January and will potentially make a big money £60 million swoop for Ruben Neves at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 21-year old made an instant impact on his Premier League debut, scoring a free-kick in the club’s 2-2 draw with Everton on the opening weekend. The five-time capped Portuguese international is highly-regarded as one of Europe’s top young midfielders and no doubt Man City will be using the first half of the season to see how Neves copes at the top-level of English football before making any advances.
City missed out of Jorginho to rivals Chelsea in the summer and are still reportedly on the look out for a holding midfielder to come into the club – as soon as the January transfer window. However, Wolves are not short of cash and will likely be difficult to do a deal with for the reported £60 million – especially in an often inflated January transfer market.
Pep Guardiola will get to see how Ruben Neves handles the big-time at first-hand next weekend as City travel to Molineaux to take on Wolves, and no doubt the club’s scout will be gathered to watch how the 21-year old deals with an unbeaten Man City side who are on three wins in-a-row (Community Shield and Premier League).
Wolves fans will be sweating a little more as the player’s agent Jorge Mendes also represents a couple of Man City players (Ederson and Bernardo Silva) – financially a deal to the champions would give Mendes quite the windfall.