Portuguese international Ruben Neves is set to make a shock move to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal this summer from Wolves.
The 26-year-old had been a reported target for Barcelona with manager Xavi Hernandez thought to be a big fan of the central midfielder.
Barcelona target set for Saudi Arabia switch
Neves has only 12 months left on his contract at Molineux and according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, the move to make midfielder the latest star of the Saudi Pro League is now a formality.
Rúben Neves to Al Hilal details 🔵🇵🇹🇸🇦
◉ €55m fixed fee to Wolverhampton;
◉ Agreement with Barça collapsed;
◉ Contract signed until June 2026;
◉ Main part of medical tests done;
◉ Club statement expected this week.
👀 Koulibaly could join him soon.
Confirmed. ✅🇸🇦 pic.twitter.com/8jEQSz68ts
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 19, 2023
The fee agreed is approximately $60m and Neves will reportedly sign a three-year contract. Since arriving in England from Porto six years ago, Neves has gained a reputation for an eye for goal, especially from long-range.
Neves scored a solid six goals in 35 appearances for Wolves last term and will join his national team colleague Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and former Chelsea ace N’Golo Kante in Saudi Arabia.