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Manchester United have already signed perfect Ruben Neves partner in crime

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Manchester United have been linked with a variety of different midfielders So far this summer.

From Declan Rice to Eduardo Camavinga Saul Niguez to Yves Bissouma, speculation has been rife. And Ruben Neves is the latest name to add to that list.

Manchester United are determined to win the Premier League title next time out.

They’ve had to live without the prize every year since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, finishing in the top two just twice in the eight years since.

But, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, they appear to be plodding along nicely.

Though the Norwegian is yet to win a trophy as manager, he’s reset the culture of the club. His reign was always going to be about constant evolution – and he’s definitely delivered on that front.

United are, in many ways, unrecognisable from the turgid outfit they resembled during Jose Mourinho’s final few dark days at the helm.

And this summer, they’re a big club acting accordingly.

With the Glazers shaken into action by the European Super League debacle, and the stunning protests that followed, they’re now taking things seriously again.

Tom Heaton has signed, Jadon Sancho’s move should be announced soon and all signs are pointing to them concluding a deal for Raphael Varane, too.

And then there’s the midfield.

Regardless of what happens with Paul Pogba and Donny van de Beek, they’re set on reinforcing that area.

Solskjaer plans to make his side more gung-ho next term and, in recent days, Neves’ name has been brought into the picture.

Wolves are open to cutting the Portugal international loose as they, like many other clubs at home and overseas, explore ways to balance the books in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

And, in Bruno Fernandes, United have already signed the perfect partner in crime.

Neves can bring brawn and brilliance to this Red Devils midfield, being a smooth operator on the ball and defensively adept.

He can be a conductor and, potentially, can help Fernandes get even better. Which is quite something when you think of the 26-year-old’s stats over the past month.

United were a club in crisis prior to Fernandes’ arrival but, ever since he joined, the former Sporting Lisbon star has delivered with unnerving consistency.

He’ll have to wait on the No 8 shirt but that’s where Solskjaer intends to play him next season. In an attacking midfield role, but alongside Paul Pogba instead of by himself.

In order for that to happen, however, they need somebody to pull the strings in a deeper role.

And that’s why they appear to be looking at Neves, who is capable of playing anywhere in the middle of the park – as he’s shown throughout his time at Molineux.

A trident of Neves, then Fernandes and Pogba, looks exciting on paper. And with Solskjaer ready to make tactical tweaks, it could yet deliver on the pitch.

Just look at what it’s done for Manchester City.

With Fernandinho sitting deep over at the Etihad Stadium, it’s allowed creative players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and David Silva (when he was there) to take matches by the scruff of the neck.

Now, United are looking to repeat that trick.

In Fernandes, they also have a player who would seamlessly help his compatriot adjust to life at Old Trafford.

And Neves certainly rates his compatriot highly, having talked up his talents in the past.

Soon, they could become team-mates. And, should that happen, Premier League title glory may just be achievable.

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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