Speculation stemming from Italy has credited Manchester City with an interest in Fabian Ruiz.
Fabian Ruiz & Napoli
Fabian Ruiz joined Napoli in 2018, after making a £27m switch from Spanish outfit Real Betis.
And Ruiz has since become a mainstay in the Partenopei’s midfield, notching 124 appearances in all competitions thus far.
Across these outings, the central midfielder has scored 14 and assisted 10, though his game is more about controlling the tempo of play and starting attacks from deep than it is about contributions in the final third.
Ruiz to Man City?
Ruiz, as things stand, has just over two years left on his Napoli contract.
However, reports stemming from Italy suggest that, despite the Spaniard still acting as a key performer for Gli Azzurri, he could be sold in the summer.
Italian journalist Emanuele Cammaroto, as cited by Sport Witness, recently wrote that:
“Ruiz could be, with a lot of probability, the one to be ‘sacrificed’ in the upcoming summer, and it’s heading towards an auction between Real Madrid and Manchester City, with Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain ready to enter the scene. Ruiz isn’t renewing and Napoli won’t entertain offers below €60m.”
— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) May 7, 2021
With Fernandinho now 36 and out of contract this summer, it is clear that Man City need to target some fresh legs in midfield.
But is Ruiz the man to fill that void? Going forward with the ball, the Spaniard is of course superb. But he can often be found lacking defensively, unlike the aforementioned Fernandinho, and teammate Rodri.
But if another midfielder linked with City – Manuel Locatelli – ends up at Juventus, then perhaps the Sky Blues will be forced to consider a player like Ruiz.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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