Premier League star Man Utd and Arsenal are desperate to sign up for a huge alternative move

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A Premier League midfielder with strong links to Manchester United and Arsenal is set to join Barcelona on loan with an obligation to buy, according to a report.

Both English giants have needed to improve their midfielders for quite some time now. At Manchester United, Fred and Scott McTominay are regularly criticized.

The Red Devils moved to solve this problem during the summer transfer window. They spent £70m to sign Casemiro from Real Madrid and brought in Christian Eriksen on a free transfer.

Despite these signatures, Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag was hoping to land a third midfielder. Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong was his main target. Unfortunately for Ten Hag, his fellow Dutchman had no intention of leaving Barca.

This means Man Utd are still likely to be on the hunt for a new midfielder in the 2023 transfer windows.

Arsenal, meanwhile, have Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey as their first-choice midfield pair. Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga are also part of Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Lokonga arrived to provide extra energy to the midfield and potentially replace one of Xhaka or Partey. But the former Anderlecht man has struggled in England and Arteta could probably still do with a big name joining the Gunners to take his midfield to the next level.

Both Man Utd and Arsenal are in the mix for Leicester’s Youri Tielemans, although he is not the only Prem ace the pair of clubs want to sign.

The Spanish giants want a proven Prem midfielder

They also turn to wolves and their talisman Ruben Neves. His contract expires at the end of next season.

That puts Wolves in a decent position as they are unlikely to lose him on the cheap in January. However, Neves could signal his intention not to sign a new deal with Wolves and force a move away from Molineux next summer.

According to reports from September, Arsenal are insisting on signing Neves to bolster their midfield ranks. Man Utd, meanwhile, are a huge fan of his.

But it looks like they will both miss the Portugal international. According to the Spanish outlet Mundo DeportivoBarca want to replace aging Sergio Busquets and believe Neves is their man.

Barca chiefs are ‘assessing’ his situation and making plans to take the 25-year-old to Camp Nou. This transfer could be helped by the super agent Jorge Mendes. This is because he represents Neves and also has a good relationship with those at Barca.

The report says Wolves will accept offers worth €40m (£34.7m) for Neves, which seems like a surprisingly small sum for a player of his ability.

Alternatively, Mendes could arrange a loan switch for his client. This would see him move to Barca initially on loan and with an obligation to buy.

There are other options for Xavi’s squad, should Neves opt to expand to Wolves or join a Prem rival, such as Man Utd or Arsenal.

Ruben Neves joined by Leicester man on Barca shortlist

Coincidentally, Tielemans is one of them. His future is even more uncertain than that of Neves as his contract with Leicester expires on June 30.

Barca also take a look at Chelsea pair Jorginho and N’Golo Kante. There is a trend developing here as the Blues midfielders are also out of contract at the end of the season.

Losing Jorginho or Kante to the Blaugrana would enrage Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly. He has already missed out on Raphinha and Jules Kounde transfer targets to the Spaniards this year.

A move away from Wolves would make sense for Neves. If he has an excellent relationship with the club, he has the quality to shine at a higher level. A Champions League or Europa League team will surely sign him in the near future.

It’s now down to Man Utd and Arsenal. If they really want to land Neves, they must start negotiations with the star and the wolves soon. If they fail to do so, Barca will become undisputed leaders for their services.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag could continue his Dutch revolution at Man Utd after speaking with Eredivisie transfer target.


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