Ahead of the January transfer window, Arsenal are reportedly considering the potential signing of former Wolvehampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves, despite making a surprising move to Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal over the summer.
Sources suggest that Neves, despite spending less than half a year in Saudi Arabia, is eager to return to the Premier League, presenting Arsenal with an opportunity to facilitate his comeback to European football.
The Gunners, in search of midfield reinforcements following the departure of Granit Xhaka last summer, are eyeing Neves as a potential target, especially given the uncertainties surrounding Thomas Partey’s future at the club and his current long-term absence due to a muscle injury.
With Neves potentially available on a loan deal, Arsenal have expressed interest in securing his services.
Mikel Arteta and Edu have been actively linked with various midfield options in recent weeks, including Douglas Luiz of Aston Villa, Andre of Fluminense, Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad, and Joao Neves of Benfica.
While Newcastle United is also reportedly interested in Ruben Neves, their plans to bring him in during the January window could face obstacles due to a potential Premier League rule change. Clubs in the top-flight are set to vote on legislation that would prohibit entities owning multiple clubs from loaning players to each other. Since the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund has an 80% stake in Newcastle and controls several Saudi Pro League clubs, including Al Hilal, it remains uncertain whether they would permit a player of Neves’ caliber to join one of their Premier League rivals.
Since joining Al Hilal in June, Neves has featured in 17 games, scoring twice and providing one assist. Despite his move to Saudi Arabia, he continues to play a vital role in Roberto Martinez’s Portugal setup and has joined the national team for their November internationals.