Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offer €45 million to secure the services of Fabian Ruiz from Napoli in the summer transfer window.
According to a report by Spanish outlet El Gol Digital, Real Madrid are stepping up their interest in Fabian Ruiz, with a €45 million bid in the works to snap him up in the summer transfer window. Napoli, though, will only let the Spanish international leave if they can recoup €50 million for him.
Fabian Ruiz has come leaps and bounds since joining Napoli from Real Betis in the summer of 2018. A mainstay in the middle of the park for the Partenopei, the 25-year-old has gone on to rake in 124 appearances for the Serie A outfit, while also chipping in with 14 goals and 10 assists.
Heading into the summer transfer window, though, the Spanish international’s future at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium is up in the air, with widespread reports suggesting a summer exit could be on the horizon for him. And, Real Madrid are among the clubs that are keen on swooping him away from Napoli.
Real Madrid’s interest in Ruiz makes a great deal of sense, considering Luka Modric is once again starting to show signs of age catching up to him. Indeed, the veteran Croat will be 36 by the early stages of next season, while his partner in crime in midfield Toni Kroos is also well into his thirties.
After a dismal ouster from the UEFA Champions League this week, Real Madrid are set to undergo a squad overhaul, amid uncertainty surrounding Zinedine Zidane’s future. And, midfield is one of the areas, they rightly want to reinforce, with Ruiz emerging as a top target for Los Blancos.
While it has been suggested that Atletico Madrid could be the preferred destination for Ruiz, Real Madrid are nevertheless taking the steps to secure his services. In fact, the report claims that the Merengues are ready to offer €45 million to snap up the Spanish international this summer.
However, they might be asked to raise their bid, if they indeed lodge an offer worth €45 million, with Napoli unwilling to let the 25-year-old leave for under €50 million. What now remains to be seen is if Real Madrid can negotiate an acceptable sum for both parties, or if they are forced to turn their attention elsewhere, as they desperately scour the market for midfield reinforcements.