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Wolves will allow Man Utd target to leave for £35m



Wolves will allow Ruben Neves to leave in the summer transfer window amid Man Utd speculation, according to reports.

The Portugal international has been a key player for Wolves over the last four seasons as they rose out of the Championship and established themselves as a Premier League side, while also reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League last campaign.

Neves has made 176 appearances for the club with the 24-year-old contributing five goals and one assist in 36 Premier League matches this term.

Wolves had a bit of a dip this season as they finished ninth with the club announcing that Nuno Espirito Santo would be leaving at the end of the campaign.

A head injury to Raul Jimenez earlier in the season hit the Premier League club hard as they struggled to score enough goals.

On the future of two other players, The Athletic adds: ‘It is believed Roma are interested in signing keeper Rui Patricio, while the future of very saleable asset Adama Traore remains in doubt, with the Spaniard’s contract expiring in two years.’

The key reason a number of players could be up for sale is that Wolves ‘will need to sell big if they want to buy big’ in the summer transfer window.

Regarding his reign, he said: “I always like to look at things as a whole, and now we have a chance to reflect on four years, four seasons that we were together.

“The highlight is how we finish – we finish with the same spirit, the same unity, and proud of ourselves because it is amazing what the players have done since day one. We must really value what we have built.

“It means a lot, the love and respect we felt and feel (from fans), the bond the fans have created with the team, the squad, all of us. It is very special, the bond between the fans and the team, and this will stay forever, it is something that is here to stay.

“What we wanted to build we achieved and you can see the togetherness that exists, and this is the more important thing.

“When you want to work with a group of players first you have to create a really special bond among themselves, with you, the club, the fans, the city. Then comes the sports achievement, but the more important one is the love and respect we have for each other.

“Wolverhampton is a place I love. It’s a ‘see you soon’.”

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Arsenal retain a strong interest in Fiorentina striker but deal difficult to complete this month



Arteta has said the Gunners are working hard on new arrivals and that they “are open” to making a big signing if it is financially viable.

Vlahovic came to prominence last season when he scored 21 goals in 40 appearances for Fiorentina and has continued his impressive form with 18 goals in 22 games this campaign.

Vlahovic has just 18 months remaining on his Fiorentina contract, although he has not ruled out signing a new deal with the Serie A side.

The Gunners’ pursuit of Vlahovic could be aided by their good relationship with Fiorentina. Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreria is currently on loan at the Italian club, and including him as part of a deal for the Serbia international has not been ruled out.

Fiorentina also has an option to make Torreira’s loan move permanent.

Vlahovic joined Fiorentina from Partizan Belgrade in 2018. As well as making an impression in Italy, the striker also has seven goals in 14 games for Serbia.

Vlahovic came to prominence last season when he scored 21 goals in 40 appearances for Fiorentina, and has continued his impressive form with 18 goals in 22 games this campaign.

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Ralf Rangnick urges unhappy players to be professional



A number of fringe players are known to be unhappy at Old Trafford.

Striker Anthony Martial has asked to leave and negotiations are continuing with Sevilla.

In addition, Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek, Dean Henderson, Eric Bailly, and Juan Mata are all frustrated at their lack of game time.

Mata, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani have contracts that run out at the end of the season.

That has contributed to a sense of unease at United, with levels of negative publicity increasing after the dismal Premier League home defeat by Wolves on 3 January.

Rangnick – brought in after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November – says he tries to speak to players individually every two or three weeks.

However, doing so after every game is impossible and the German is calling on his squad to be professional in their reactions.

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“We have a big squad,” he said. “If you have that many players and only 10 outfield players can play, and three being substitutes, then you have quite a number of players who don’t play or are not even in the squad.

Those players are unhappy about the situation. It’s obvious. It’s clear.

“We also have players with contracts expiring in the summer and maybe also one or two who want to leave even though they are under contract.

“It’s about the players dealing with that situation in a professional way. As far as I can tell so far the players have been doing that. If I realize this is not the case, I will address the players directly.”

In addition to unhappy players, Rangnick still has to convince some he is the right man to lead them.

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Philippe Coutinho signs for Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona



The deal, which is subject to a medical and a work permit being granted, includes an option to buy the 29-year-old Brazil international.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in a £142m move from Liverpool in January 2018.

However, he has not had the expected impact and Barca is keen to move him on to lighten their wage bill.

Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, and Tottenham were also linked with a move for Coutinho.

The playmaker, who has scored 26 goals in 106 appearances for the Catalans, has 18 months to run on his Nou Camp contract, which expires at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Barcelona were desperate to move on Coutinho after agreeing to a deal to sign Ferran Torres from Manchester City for £55m.

Coutinho also wanted a fresh start elsewhere and his links with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, who played alongside him at Liverpool and has remained a huge admirer even through his struggles at Barcelona, have seen off a host of Premier League clubs investigating the possibility of securing a deal.

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