£29m release clause can land Arsenal top target Ruben Neves

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Arsenal are battling Chelsea and Liverpool for Ruben Neves.

Arsenal are reported to be interested in Ruben Neves - report The Sun - and should look to snap up the Porto midfielder without delay.

The paper claim the Gunners are planning to offer £10 million up front, with a further £12 million in add-ons.

This offer has next to no chance of being accepted.

Neves is Porto's captain at just 18-years-old, and with the club second in the league, letting him go mid-season for such a paltry up front sum is unthinkable for them.

If Arsenal really are serious however, there is a way to pull off the transfer, without any messing around.

The London Evening Standard report Neves has a £29 million release clause in his contract.

Given Neves' outstanding reputation as one of the game's most promising young players, Porto are in a strong position to hold onto him until that fee is met, and Arsenal's approach of £10 million up front will surely be laughed out.

It is not as though they are the only club showing an interest in the Portuguese international.

The Mirror reported earlier this season that Real Madrid, Porto, Liverpool, are all interested in signing the midfielder, while the Evening Standard's report claimed Chelsea are keen after he impressed against them in the Champions League this season.

Arsenal can beat these sides to Neves if they really want to, but low-balling Porto with smaller offers is unlikely to result in a successful transfer.

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