Is reported Wolves target Rodrigo Battaglia a better prospect than Neves?

Wolves fans during the Sky Bet League One match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Carlisle United at Molineux on May 3, 2014 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly want to take advantage of Sporting Lisbon's crisis with Rodrigo Battaglia heading to the Premier League.

Barcelona's Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo (L) challenges Sporting's Argentinian forward Rodrigo Battaglia during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Sporting CP at...

Sporting Lisbon are going through a crisis but clubs from the Premier League are not feeling particularly charitable.

According to TEAMtalk, a number of Sporting’s key players are keen to quit the Estadio Jose Alvalade this summer after a series of unseemly events, namely a masked mob attacking them at their own training ground and a high-profile row with outspoken president Bruno de Carvalho.

Rodrigo Battaglia (R) of Sporting CP competes for the ball with Stefan Savic (L) of Atletico de Madrid and his teammate Antoine Griezmann (2nd L) during the UEFA Europa League quarter...

Some have moved to even terminate their contracts, which would allow them to move for free, with TEAMtalk claiming that Rui Patricio, Ryan Gauld, William Carvalho, Bas Dost and Carlos Mane could all be on their way to England.

But it is Rodrigo Battaglia who should have Wolves fans interested. Because the report adds that they, along with Southampton and West Ham, are keen on Sporting’s Argentine star. And he could perhaps be the first midfielder linked with Wolves this summer who is more talented than Ruben Neves.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates after their victory during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County at Molineux on April 11, 2018...

Battaglia is a fantastic talent, an all-round midfielder renowned his dribbling ability, positional intelligence and fantastic set pieces. Even if he has not started every game, the former Braga talisman has been one of Sporting’s standout performers and, according to O Jogo, is valued at around £26 million – £10 million more than Wolves paid Porto for record signing Neves last summer.

The prospect of Neves and Battaglia in central midfield at Molineux should have fans pinching themselves, especially if the latter arrives for free.

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