Man Utd pursuit of Ruben Neves derailed as agent Jorge Mendes engineers Juventus move

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WOLVES star Ruben Neves could reportedly be set for a January move to Juventus.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Calcio Mercato claims his agent, Jorge Mendes, is keen to engineer a move to Turin after forging a new working relationship with Juve’s hierarchy.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Ruben Neves could be set for a January move to Wolves
Ruben Neves could be set for a January move to Wolves
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The Portuguese negotiator masterminded Cristiano Ronaldo’s seemingly-impossible move from Real Madrid over the summer without any hitches.

And Mendes also helped Juventus secure right-back Joao Cancelo from Valencia.

The ace had starred at Inter Milan the season before and looked set for a permanent San Siro switch before the Serie A champs came calling.


Thursday January 01, 1970

Max Allegri has guided his team to the top of the Italian league once again, but is understood to be searching for a new central midfielder.

Agent Jorge Mendes wants Neves to link up with his other client Cristiano Ronaldo
Agent Jorge Mendes wants Neves to link up with his other client Cristiano Ronaldo
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He already has Miralem Pjanic, Sami Khedira and Blaise Matuidi in his starting XI, with Emre Can and Rodrigo Bentancur supporting from the bench.

But Allegri feels he needs a sixth midfielder so he can rotate and mastermind potential success in the Champions League.

Neves has emerged as one of the top young prospects in the Premier League this season after guiding Wolves to the Championship title last term.

And Mendes reckons he can convince Juve to do business once again, with Neves regularly displaying the characteristics needed to become a world-class player.

Mendes masterminded Ronaldo's move to Turin last summer along with Joao Cancelo
Mendes masterminded Ronaldo’s move to Turin last summer along with Joao Cancelo
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He has also been linked with Manchester City, who see him as a potential successor for anchorman Fernandinho.

While Manchester United are keeping tabs as Mendes also represents Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

Old Trafford outcast Paul Pogba has also been touted for a move to Juve, with Pjanic describing his potential return as a “dream.”

He added: “The club has signed some amazing players and are thinking of improving the team even more. He would be welcome again here.”

Juve are looking for a new midfielder and Neves could be ideal
Juve are looking for a new midfielder and Neves could be ideal
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