Chelsea and Liverpool Set to Battle it Out for the Signature of £30m Portuguese Star

Porto midfielder Ruben Neves has emerged as a target for Premier League sides Liverpool and Chelsea.

That is according to Abola, who are claiming that the 20-year-old Portuguese star will leave his boyhood club this summer.

Neves has been at Porto since he was eight years old, and made his first-team debut for the side as a 17-year-old. He is also the youngest player to ever captain a team from kick-off in a Champions League match.

Both Chelsea and Liverpool have reportedly initiated contact with a view to sign the attacker. Antonio Conte is keen on adding to his midfield; and having led the Blues to the Premier League title last season, he knows that he must strengthen the side to keep on fostering success.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, also wants new additions in the middle, as he aims to challenge for the title, as well as make a great impression in his first Champions League campaign with the Anfield side.

Chelsea are said to have made attempts to recruit Neves in January, while Liverpool and Manchester United were closely linked last summer. But the player chose to remain at Porto another season.

This time around, though, offers may prove difficult to turn down. The Portuguese outfit expect to rake in £30m at the very least for their midfield jewel, having made €38m from the sale of Andre Silva to AC Milan on Monday.