If this latest Arsenal transfer rumour is true, and if Arsene Wenger does get his man once the January transfer window opens in around four weeks, then it could mean that the long term future of the club is secured. Because Ruben Neves, the Porto and Portugal international star that is apparently the Arsenal target to replace 24-year old Francis Coquelin, is just 18-years old.
Arsenal fans should not worry though, as the young defensive midfielder has shown maturity well beyond his age. In fact he has gone from playing for the Portugal under 17 side in last summer’s UEFA championship, through the under 21 side and into the senior side for whom he made his debut last month.
As well as his two full international caps, Neves has become a regular in the Porto first team and has even captained the side in a Champions League game, so The Mirror report claiming that the Gunners are ready to make a £22 million offer for him is not as crazy as you might think at first.
And when you read his write up on Wikipedia that describes his style of play as having great vision, passing and positional sense you start to see that he might be the typical Wenger signing. So is Coquelin set for some serious competition from this young Portuguese player?