Barcelona could be in for a busy transfer this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish media, Barcelona are willing to buy Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.
Ruiz has been at Napoli since 2018 when he joined from Betis. The 25-year-old’s contract at Napoli is set to expire at the end of the 2022/23 campaign.
The midfielder has featured in 42 matches this term, netting four goals and providing one assist in all competitions.
The 25-year-old is considered to be one of the best midfielders in Spain.
The Napoli midfielder has also represented the Spain at various youth levels before going on to secure 12 senior caps for his country thus far.
Fabian Ruiz is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.
Barcelona are looking to sign a midfielder and have identified the 25-year-old as potential transfer target. They have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
The 25-year-old is a long-term target of Barcelona and could be a decent addition for Ronald Koeman’s side.
The Spanish giants are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Spain international will offer the Barcelona boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is interesting Barcelona. Georginio Wijnaldum’s decision to join PSG has given Barcelona the need to look elsewhere to reinforce their midfield. Napoli’s Ruiz is a key target. Catalunya Radio reports it’s true that the former Real Betis man has been on Barcelona’s radar for some time. The radio station says Barca are planning to formally speak with Napoli over Ruiz in the coming days. The Italian side are not in the next Champions League but still want around €50m for Ruiz, a figure Barca can’t get close to. He’s in the Spain Euro 2020 squad and Barca will be watching closely.”
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Napoli are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the midfielder, but offers of at least 50 million euros may force the club to consider a deal.
Fabian Ruiz ideal fit for Barcelona?
Fabian Ruiz stands as an excellent option for Barcelona.
A midfielder of Ruiz’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Barcelona squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Koeman’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his midfield department.
It will be interesting to see if Barcelona make their move for the 25-year-old in the coming weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.