Manchester United ‘in pole position’ to sign Fabian Ruiz for Liverpool and Arsenal, but Declan Rice remains the main target as Paul Pogba will leave Old Trafford for free at the end of his contract
- Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick is excited about midfield reinforcements
- Reports in Italy suggest the club will be racing for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz . leads
- The Spain international has scored five goals in 16 Serie A appearances this season
- Declan Rice, 23, remains their number 1 target, but West Ham insists he’s not for sale
Manchester United are leading the race to sign Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, according to reports in Italy.
Ralf Rangnick is keen to expand his options in the middle of the park as Paul Pogba is expected to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the season.
West Ham United star Declan Rice has long been a target and remains the club’s number 1 pick, but alternatives have been found.
Fabian Ruiz has played in Serie A for Napoli this season, scoring five goals in 16 appearances
One of them is 25-year-old Ruiz, who has been one of the star players in Serie A this season.
According to La RepublicaUnited are ‘in pole position’ to sign the Spaniard ahead of Premier League rivals Liverpool and Arsenal.
Ruiz’s contract with Napoli runs until 2023 and there are doubts whether he will sign an extension, meaning the Red Devils are ready to strike when he enters the final year of his contract in the summer.
The midfielder has made 148 appearances for the Italian club since moving from Real Betis in 2018, scoring 20 goals and providing 13 assists.
Declan Rice is a priority for Manchester United but West Ham insist he is not for sale
Paul Pogba expected to leave Old Trafford for free at the end of his contract in the summer
Ruiz, who has been picked 15 times by Spain and featured at Euro 2020 last summer, has been used in a deeper role by Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti this season.
Meanwhile, at Old Trafford, groundwork is underway to make an offer for Rice, who according to West Ham is not for sale.
It will likely cost United at least £100m to sign the England international, while Manchester City and Chelsea are also considering an offer to sack him from the London Stadium.