According to SPORT, Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has asked the board to make a major move to acquire Ruben Neves from Al-Hilal, one of the biggest teams in the Saudi Pro League, in January.
Thomas Partey, a midfielder for the Gunners, is expected to leave the team in the upcoming transfer window, and Arteta believes the Portuguese player is the ideal replacement. However, Newcastle United, who views Neves as a replacement for Sandro Tonali—who is currently serving a 10-month ban for breaking betting regulations—will present a challenge to them.
In the summer transfer window, Al-Hilal emerged victorious over several European heavyweights, including Barcelona and Arsenal, who expressed interest in signing the Portuguese international. Al-Hilal paid a whopping €55 million, which the other rivals perceived as a hefty amount of money for a player who was about to enter the final year of his Wolves contract.
Ruben Neves At Al Hilal
Ruben Neves agreed to a three-year contract, committing his future to the Saudi Arabian team.
The 26-year-old joined Jorge Jesus’ Al Hilal team in the summer and has since developed into a vital player. He has made 17 appearances for the squad across all competitions, netting two goals and dishing out one assist.
Arteta’s team bounced back from their November 4 loss to Newcastle United by defeating Burnley in their most recent Premier League match. They will now try to keep winning when they play Brentford on Saturday.
Neves Playing Style
Ruben Neves is a defensive midfielder with a great sense of positioning, accuracy in passing, great vision, and a fearless streak of attacking. Neves also demonstrates great maturity. Because of his excellent distribution, desire to press opponents, and first touch, he has been compared to Portuguese international João Moutinho by others. The media also praised Neves for his intelligence, long-range shooting prowess, and technical, tactical, and mental skills.