Chelsea among bookies' favourites to sign Wolves' Ruben Neves

Nuno Espirito Santo, the Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Bristol City at Molineux on September 12, 2017 in...

Ruben Neves has only just signed a new contract with Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers but he's still being tipped to join Chelsea by the bookies.

Ruben Neves of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton and Brentford at Molineux on January 2, 2018 in...

Ruben Neves could not have done any more to make it clear to potential suitors where his loyalties lie.

The 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder signed a new contract with Wolves until 2023 at the start of July, considerably increasing his previous £25,000-a-week salary.

"I'm delighted to sign the new deal with the club. It's important for me, I feel that the club trust me and I'll do everything to help the club again,” Neves told the Express and Star.

So the chances of the former Porto skipper leaving Molineux this summer looks slim at best. Then again, that has not stopped Chelsea from being given very short odds to land Neves before the transfer window slams shut. Bet Victor have given the Blues a price of 5/1 to snap up the Portugal international.

And, on paper, Neves would be a sensational signing for Chelsea. He would arguably be an upgrade on the clumsy Tiemoue Bakayoko and the seldom-seen Danny Drinkwater and potentially a long-term successor for 31-year-old Cesc Fabregas in the deep-lying playmaker role.

Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.

But Wolves have no need to sell, particularly with their billionaire Chinese owners given the club a degree of financial power they have never had before.

Expect to see Neves wearing gold when the Premier League season kicks off.

Ruben Neves of Wolves  in action during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

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