Barcelona’s wealth of history and stature within the game is enough to turn any player’s head. Ruben Neves is no different and since his £15.8m record move to Wolves, he has always attracted the eye of Europe’s elite.
Although a recent dip in form and after seeing long-term rivals Real Madrid lift the La Liga title with four games to spare last week, Barcelona have made huge steps towards becoming one of Europe’s elite again. The appointment of Xavi as head coach has transformed the team and their tika-taka style of play has become recognisable once again. With this in mind, a Neves-style deep-lying playmaker would slot perfectly into Xavi’s system – especially so if the rumours surrounding Frenkie De Jong’s future are true, as well as the ageing legs of Sergio Busquets.
According to the player himself in an interview with Record last year, Neves misses playing in the Champions League and it is his main goal to play in it once again. As the only club who are definitely going to be playing in it next year, with Newcastle certainly not going to and Manchester United unlikely, it does give Barcelona the advantage if they are to pursue his signature.