Wolves midfielder Neves, 24, has two years left on his current deal at Molineux – but has spoken of his desire to play in the Champions League.
Man Utd are determined to sign Ruben Neves this month[/caption]
His agent Jorge Mendes has been in touch with United over a potential bid for the Portuguese international since the summer with ex-manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a big fan.
And SunSport understands Mendes is continuing to work hard to convince United to make an offer of around £35m to lure Neves away from the midlands this month.
Wolves, however, are believed to only be listening to offers upwards of £40m for their star man – who has also drawn interest from Arsenal in the past.
Neves is happy at Wolves, but is unlikely to sign an extension on his deal as he eyes the next stage in his development.
United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is on the look-out for a new midfielder after poor performances from the likes of Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Fred since his arrival.
The German coach had a front row seat of Neves’ abilities as Wolves claimed a famous 1-0 victory over United at Old Trafford on Monday.
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There are some concerns from Neves and Mendes’ side that Rangnick would prefer a midfield signing from the Bundesliga – a division he knows well and trusts.
But Mendes – who has already dealt with United in the summer following another of his clients Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning return – is confident in his own negotiating powers.
Wolves manager Bruno Lage – yet another client of Mendes who replaced Nuno Espirito Santo in the summer – is desperate to keep hold of Neves.
Lage said: “It’s not about a contract or money. It’s about creating a big team that fights for different things.
“Ruben is in that place where he needs a different challenge. And we also want a different challenge for the club. We want to push younger guys, like Ruben, to the next level.”
Ruben signed for Wolves from Porto in the summer of 2017, becoming a mainstay in the side that was promoted to the Premier League a year later before qualifying for Europe.
Asked about his own future in December, Neves added: “The future will be seen soon.
“I like to live in the present and I’m happy, I feel great in Wolverhampton and I’ll focus here, because if I do things right I’m sure the future will be bright.”
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Nuben Neves joins in the celebrations as Joao Moutinho scored the winner at Man Utd[/caption]