While we are very far from winter's transfer window, most of us would argue that we need to address a few problems and perhaps adjust some things in the squad -- especially in our midfield. And if Graeme Bailey's report at HITC Sport is to be believed, we are already looking on a potential midfield target for January in FC Porto's Rúben Neves. Bailey's a contributor at Goal and sometimes Sky; his missive at HITC has been picked up by several other outlets over the past day or so. He's 3-for-4 in terms of rumors we featured (yes on Blackman, Bamford loans to Boro, and Kakuta loan to Lazio; no on signing Alvaro Pereira from Porto). Or maybe young Neves just needs a new contract?
Rúben Neves is an 18-year-old midfielder who has been a part of Portugal's youth ranks since 2012, rising from the U16 team to the U21 side which were runners-up in UEFA's Championship of the category this year. At club level, he also has been impressing Porto supporters and staff, managing 37 appearances in last season, with 17 of those as a starter.
From his highlight reel, you could take that he's a good dribbler, which has been more than a good feature in most European midfields - and is one of the reasons why players such as Paul Pogba have been so lauded. Neves also seems to like trying long-range shots and passes, complimenting his good vision of the game on the pitch. Anyone would certainly enjoy having someone capable of delivering "trivela"/outside-the-boot passes like he does so well.
Most reports on Neves' skills have likened him to Barcelona's Sergio Busquets, with the young midfielder being lauded as a tactically savvy player, knowing how to take the best position for a tackle or an interception. While obviously we should take these comparisons with a pinch of salt -- as well as the ones with former Porto man Joao Moutinho -- Rúben Neves is certainly one of the most promising talents in Europe and if Chelsea manages to get him in the next transfer window -- by paying his £29 million release clause -- we should have a great midfielder for the next years to come in the books.
(Of course, we already have at least one of similar potential in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, so ... yeah.)