Arsenal are reportedly eyeing Fabian Ruiz ahead of a potential summer move.
Corriere dello Sport claims the Gunners have made contact over the Napoli midfielder.
Mikel Arteta could do with bolstering the Arsenal midfield ranks come the end of the season.
Mohamed Elneny looks set to leave the Emirates Stadium once his contract expires.
Meanwhile, Ainsley Maitland-Niles is on loan at Roma and his long-term future is uncertain.
Arsenal aren’t the only Premier League club apparently eyeing Ruiz, however.
As well as the Gunners, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are also lurking.
Meanwhile, Newcastle reportedly tried their luck in landing Ruiz during the January transfer window.
The Magpies, however, failed with a £40million bid, according to Corriere.
Ruiz’s Napoli contract expires in the summer of 2023 and, as per the report, his club won’t let him run it down.
Although the Partenopei are reportedly hoping to renew his contract, this is a ‘complex possibility’.
Therefore, Ruiz could potentially be up for grabs, though he’s likely to be in very high demand.
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Ruiz started his career in Spain with Betis, helping them win the Segunda Division.
He then joined Napoli for £25million and has made 150 appearances, registering 20 goals and 15 assists.
Ruiz also helped Napoli win the Coppa Italia in 2020, and has earned 15 caps for Spain.
In April 2019, Goal.com wrote of Ruiz: “Like his childhood idol Xavi, he uses the ball excellently.
“But he is a very different player to the Barca and Spain legend.
“Fabian prefers to play centrally but feels just as comfortable on the left-hand side… not least because of his quick feet and fine dribbling skills.”
Breaking the Lines recently described Ruiz as “one of the best creators in Serie A”.
His former Betis boss, Quique Setien, told Goal.com in February 2020: “I have a lot of affection for Fabian.
“He’s had a spectacular growth…. he is tremendously humble and a beautiful person.”
And in 2020, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis told Corriere Dello Sport, via Goal.com: “If City or United or PSG showed up with €100milion (£87million), I would think about it.”
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