Man Utd identify Ruben Neves as ‘cheaper option’ and Wolves stance on Ivan Toney transfer


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Wolves have already revealed Toney stance

Ivan Toney has once again been linked with a transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Brentford striker is reportedly attracting interest from Wolves, Arsenal, West Ham and former employers Newcastle United as clubs prepare to scramble for his signature in the summer. Toney has made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League look easy with 12 goals in 28 top-flight appearances for Brentford, including eight in his last nine matches.

Wolves are likely to be in the market for a striker of Toney’s type in the summer, with head coach Bruno Lage keen to add a target man to his attacking weaponry. But Toney – who scored in both of his games against Wolves this term – is likely to be priced out of a move to Molineux.

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Technical director Scott Sellars namechecked Toney when discussing the quality of talent on offer in the Championship last year, but Wolves weren’t interested due to the 26-year-old’s £30m-plus asking price. According to reports, Toney’s price tag has reached £50m now, which isn’t likely to appeal to Wolves.

Addressing Wolves’ preference to sign players from overseas instead of the Championship, Sellars said: “I don’t think that we’re not (interested in Championship players). We’ve looked at some of the successes. You have to be straightforward and say that a lot of our players are Championship players – Conor Coady, Ruben Neves, they all played in the Championship for Wolves.

“We understand what a strong league it is. The difference is the cost and the transfer fees, as we’ve seen with Ollie Watkins and people like that.

“They talk about Toney now at Brentford – the transfer fees are very high. Sometimes it’s ‘is it the best value?’ But it’s certainly a market that we think is very appealing and also a good gauge for players that could easily come into the Premier League, so it’s something that we’ll look at.”

Man Utd could make Neves move

Manchester United could make a move for Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves once Erik ten Hag is appointed Old Trafford boss.

Dutchman ten Hag is expected to leave Ajax to become United’s new manager and a huge summer rebuild lies in wait in Manchester. The Mirror reports ten Hag will be handed a transfer budget of £200million in the summer, with 12 senior stars set to leave the club.

England internationals Harry Kane and Declan Rice are United’s top two targets, but Benfica forward Darwin Nunez and Wolves’ Neves are viewed as viable alternatives. Kane and Rice would wipe out United’s budget, so Nunez and Neves are being considered as ‘cheaper options’.

Neves has enjoyed a stunning season with Wolves and head coach Bruno Lage recently suggested a player of his calibre should command upwards of £80m in the transfer market. Lage said: “It’s not just about Wolves, these days which club can refuse a proposal of 80, 90 or 100 million pounds? Five or six.”

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Lage calls for patience from Mosquera

Bruno Lage has asked Yerson Mosquera to be patient after a difficult first season at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Colombian defender Mosquera was the surprise package of pre-season after joining Wolves from Atletico Nacional. The 20-year-old impressed Lage and supporters with his committed defensive displays before two quickfire hamstring injuries halted his progress.

The first injury arrived in Wolves’ penultimate pre-season friendly at Coventry City, where Mosquera pulled up in the first half. But the second injury, five minutes into Mosquera’s competitive debut against Tottenham Hotspur in the Carabao Cup in September, ruled him out for five months.

Mosquera only resumed playing in March and due to Willy Boly’s return to form and Toti Gomes’ return from a loan spell at Grasshoppers, he hasn’t been able to force his way back into Lage’s squad. Mosquera has instead been playing for Wolves’ under-23 side to get minutes under his belt.

“We need to understand that Yerson lost one year with us,” said Lage. “I talked with him and he knows he lost one year, but now he wants to do everything fast.

“When you want to do everything fast, you are doing nothing. I talked with him and said he needs to be calm and understand that we continue to believe in him a lot.

“He needs to win confidence and do the little things. He cannot do the things that after one year of working and playing you should do. Go for the easy things, win confidence and after those things come naturally.

“It’s important for him now to play a lot. He is training with us and he will play again for the under-23s because we believe a lot in him.”





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