Arsenal and Newcastle 'lead race for Ruiz as Napoli ask for only £26m'

Arsenal and Newcastle ‘lead the summer chase for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz, with Manchester rivals City and United also interested in midfielder who is available for only £26m’ as his contract enters its final year

  • Napoli have ‘placed a £25.8million price tag on star midfielder Fabian Ruiz’
  • The Spanish international is about to enter the final year of his Napoli contract
  • Arsenal and Newcastle are the frontrunners to sign him according to reports
  • The Magpies had their £42m bid for Ruiz rejected less than six months ago

Arsenal and Newcastle are leading the race to land Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz this summer, according to reports in Italy.

The 26-year-old, who joined the Italian giants from Real Betis for £27million in 2018, is set to enter the final year of his contract in July.

Eager not to lose Ruiz on a free transfer next summer, Napoli have reportedly placed a £25.8m price tag on the Spanish international, piquing the interest of Arsenal and Newcastle, as well as Manchester giants City and United.

Fabian Ruiz is reportedly available for just £25.8m as his Napoli contract expires next summer 

The 26-year-old is attracting interest from Arsenal, Newcastle and both Manchester clubs

The Magpies had their £42m bid rejected just six months ago and now have the chance to sign Ruiz on a cut-price deal. 

However, Newcastle must first bat away competition from the Gunners, who are now the most interested party according to Corriere dello Sport.

Arsenal have been keeping tabs on Leicester star Youri Tielemans in pursuit of a creative midfielder but may take up the opportunity to sign Ruiz on the cheap instead.

The Italian outlet also claims that both United and City have now joined the summer chase as well. 

Mikel Arteta (left) and Eddie Howe (right) are the frontrunners to sign Ruiz from the Italian club

The Spaniard played in 32 Serie A matches and scored seven goals to help Napoli finish third

All four Premier League clubs have reportedly ‘made their move’, placing the power in the hands of the Spaniard.

Ruiz featured in 32 league matches and scored seven goals as Napoli finished third behind AC Milan and Inter in Serie A last campaign.

Operating as a deep-lying playmaker, Ruiz mostly played alongside Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa in a double-pivot or midfield three at Napoli last season.

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