RUBEN NEVES will snub both Newcastle and Arsenal regardless of the Premier League vote on whether clubs owned by the same party can swap players between clubs.
The controversy was sparked when it emerged Newcastle were interested in signing Neves on loan from Al-Hilal as cover for the suspended Sandro Tonali.
Both Al-Hilal and Newcastle are owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).
Al-Hilal signed Neves from Wolves for £47m this summer.
His potential loan move to Newcastle has raised fears among other clubs about the Premier League’s competition rules.
The Premier League is holding a vote today to temporarily ban trading between clubs, with a two-thirds majority needed to ban the practice.
The vote is expected to be close David Ornstein in The Athletic.
However, a vote to ban trade between the same owner would only be temporary, with a more permanent solution expected in the summer.
Regardless of the vote, The Athletic reports that Neves will not be leaving this January.
The midfielder attracted interest from Newcastle and Arsenal but is said to be happy and has settled in Saudi Arabia.
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Neves is expected to stay at Al-Hilal at least until the end of the season.
Since moving to Al-Hilal in the summer, Neves has established himself as an important part of Saudi Arabia’s most successful team.
Led by fellow Portuguese Jorge Jesus, Al-Hilal are top of the Saudi league, top of their group in the Asian Champions League and are in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup.