Saudi club set to beat Liverpool in race for Portuguese midfielder

Saudi club set to beat Liverpool in race for Portuguese midfielder

Saudi deal closer as Liverpool miss out on Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves

Liverpool FC’s pursuit of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves has hit a stumbling block, as the talented midfielder is on the verge of joining Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal as per Fabrizio Romano.

The growing financial prowess of the Saudi League has seen them attract high-profile names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in recent seasons.

Neves had emerged as a strong target for Liverpool, with his technical ability, passing range, and astute game reading making him an ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp’s system. However, the allure of the Saudi League’s financial might seems to have swayed the Portuguese midfielder’s decision even with his recent links to Barcelona and Liverpool.

Al Hilal have submitted huge bid to sign Rubén Neves. Negotiations underway as Wolves prefer to sell immediately after long wait for Barcelona 🚨🇵🇹🇸🇦

Talks are advanced also with Neves as @MatteMoretto reported — he agreed personal terms with Barça in May but no green light yet.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 18, 2023

Liverpool’s fifth-place finish in the Premier League last season was far from ideal, and it highlighted the need for reinforcements in midfield. The absence of key players due to injury, combined with a lack of depth, exposed the team’s vulnerabilities.

The disappointment of missing out on Neves will undoubtedly push Liverpool’s decision-makers to be proactive in identifying and securing suitable alternatives who can bring the required quality and depth to the squad.

Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team will now intensify their search for midfield additions, aiming to bolster the squad ahead of the new season.

Al Hilal leading the race to sign Wolves midfielder and Liverpool target Ruben Neves.
Al Hilal leading the race to sign Wolves midfielder and Liverpool target Ruben Neves. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

While Neves would have been a fantastic acquisition, Liverpool will undoubtedly have contingency plans in place to pursue other midfield talents who can make an immediate impact.

Unambitious from the player, perhaps. In his prime, moving to a league which is still developing, seems like a move not many fans would approve of. Even earlier in his career, he moved from Champions League Porto to Championship Wolves so that’s about the player’s decision-making abilities off the pitch.

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With the disappointment of missing out on Neves, the club’s decision-makers must now act swiftly and decisively to secure alternative midfield options. The new signings will be essential in rejuvenating the squad, pushing for a stronger league finish, and reclaiming the top spots in the league.

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