Wolverhampton Wanderers could be forced to part ways with star man Rúben Neves after it emerged that the Portugal international is a target for Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United, recently suggested that he would be open to staying at Molineux next season after Wolves secured the promotion to the Premier League.

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Neves has proved to be one of the signings of the season during his maiden year in England. After seeing a promising career begin to stagnate at FC Porto, the defensive midfielder secured a shock move to the west Midlands for just £16m.

The Portugal star has impressed fans across Europe with his performances this season, most notably with his thunderous long-range goals which have been going viral across social media all year.

But Lisbon-based journalist Marcus Alves believes that the former Porto star will up sticks this summer and make the move to Anfield, claiming that Wolves are working on a deal for his replacement.

The Reds are already preparing for the arrival of RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keïta as Jürgen Klopp looks to bolster his squad and mount a serious title challenge next season.

Although details of Liverpool's interest in Neves are still few and far between, Wolves have reportedly lined up a move for Beşiktaş playmaker Anderson Talisca to replace the Portugal international next season.

Just like with the aforementioned Neves, Talisca has previously been a transfer target for the decision makers at Old Trafford. 

The Brazil international is unlikely to be a direct replacement for Neves next year, but the 24-year-old would be another high profile addition to the ambitious project currently underway at Molineux.