For all the talk of Wolverhampton Wanderers wanting Milan’s Franck Kessié, there’s no real need for the Ivorian.
At least, that’s what John Marshall, the club’s chief scout, had to say about the story on Wednesday, and it made some sense.
After all, the club have good depth in the centre of the pitch, but what if one of their stars were to be sold, like Ruben Neves?
That’s not in the pipeline, of course, at least it doesn’t seem to be, but the Portugal international’s performances in the Premier League haven’t gone unnoticed, with a number of clubs taking a closer look at the Wolves star.
One of those, according to Calciomercato, is Juventus, as the Italian newspaper say the Serie A champions are ‘definitely interested’.
However, and it was a problem everyone could see coming a mile off, his price is likely to be a big hurdle for the Turin club.
Since Neves doesn’t have a release clause in his contract, Juventus would have to hold talks with Wolverhampton about any potential deal, which, considering how much they love him and the fact they haven’t set a price for him, aren’t likely to go in the Italians’ favour.
There’s also Jorge Mendes to deal with in all this, and while he clearly had a big role in getting Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin, there’s no guarantee he’ll want to do the same with his midfield protégé.