Arsenal could offer Ruben Neves his dream shirt number if they can pull off the transfer for the midfielder.
The Gunners have been linked with a move for the Wolverhampton Wanderers star ahead of this summer having come up short in the transfer market so far.
And the bid to make Martin Odegaard‘s loan deal permanent also looks set to come up short with Real Madrid seeing the midfielder as a ‘fundamental piece’ of their future.
Wolves star Neves looks to be next on the agenda, and the latest reports suggest the Portugal international is keen, already expressing his ‘willingness’ to make the move to north London as he heads off to Euro 2020 with Portugal.
There is talk of a £35million move with Wolves determined to get their value for their impressive midfielder having already tied him down to a contract until 2024.
The Gunners will have to splash the cash to convince Wolves, but it appears Neves may already be convinced, and that can only be helped by the fact he can secure his ideal number at the Emirates Stadium.
Neves has played number eight throughout his time with Wolves, since joining from FC Porto in 2017, and he can take that number at Arsenal after former loan midfielder Dani Ceballos vacated the digit.
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That would be a straightforward choice for Neves, who even plays as 18 for Portugal due to the fact Wolves teammate and veteran of the national team Joao Moutinho holds the number eight.
Neves has previously played as number six for FC Porto, but it appears unlikely he would return to that number, partiuclarly given Gabriel Magalhaes currently wears it at Arsenal.