All Chelsea eyes are focused on this weekend’s Champions League final against Manchester City, which is the biggest game most players will ever have in their career.
Despite all the excitement around Saturday’s final though, that’s not stopping the transfer speculation from flying around now that the league season is over.
Chelsea links continue to be in full flow, but there is one non-Blues transfer story that has grabbed people’s attention.
The Athletic reports that Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers expect to offload their key player Ruben Neves this summer, with a fee in the region of £35million expected to be enough to secure his signature.
A selection of Chelsea fans on Twitter have been all over this news by suggesting the Blues should throw their name into the hat for him.
Neves, 24, helped Wolves breeze out of the Championship during his first year in English football during the 2017/18 season.
The £35million-rated central midfielder has since impressed in the Premier League for three consecutive years, which is why his young age may surprise people given he plays with such maturity on the pitch.
He’s a deep-lying central midfielder that does a lot of great defensive work in front of the Wolves backline at Molineux, breaking up play with interceptions and aggressive tackling.
However, on top of that, he’s got an extra touch of guile and class with what he produces on the ball.
He’s a midfield playmaker that can spray passes around for fun. The Portugal internatonal also scored five league goals this season, and is a real threat from set-pieces.
It’s worth pointing out that working alongside teammate and experienced veteran Joao Moutinho at Wolves has helped him significantly to develop into the player he is now.
Some Chelsea fans believe the quoted £35million valuation of Neves means he should be a target for the Stamford Bridge hierarchy.
He’s very much built in a similar mould to Jorginho, albeit he’s a bit more mobile, and he’s got the quality on the ball to make a step up to an elite club.
Chelsea’s German manager Thomas Tuchel needs to get past a Champions League final before he even thinks about transfer targets for next season, but adding another quality midfield option could be a smart move for the club.
If a bidding war does break out for Neves this summer, it’ll be interesting to see how many of the Premier League’s elite chase him.
He’s proven himself in recent years that he’s more than capable of playing to a high standard in the Premier League, and he will leave a major hole in the Wolves XI if he does depart.
One Chelsea supporter on social media has made the bold comparison between the Wolves playmaker and Cesc Fabregas.
Spanish midfield maestro Fabregas, 34, was influential in winning two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge. Neves needs to just improve his attacking output to be put in the same sentence though as Fabregas-esque, as the former blue was an assist machine.
Here are some Blues fans discussing the Neves speculation: