Napoli's Ruiz 'attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid'

Napoli star Fabian Ruiz ‘attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid’ as president Aurelio De Laurentiis ‘hopes to spark bidding war between the two Spanish giants’

  • Spain midfielder has performed impressively for Napoli over past two seasons
  • Ruiz is reportedly attracting interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona 
  • Napoli president De Laurentiis hopes the two clubs will bid against each other
  • But he has also offered Ruiz, 24, a two-year contract extension until 2025

Napoli ‘are braced for renewed interest in their midfielder Fabian Ruiz’ with Barcelona and Real Madrid ‘set to enter a bidding war’ for the Spain international.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident both LaLiga giants will compete against each other to sign the 24-year-old when the transfer window opens this summer.

Mundo Deportivo’s report doesn’t specify a precise price tag for Ruiz but it will almost certainly exceed the £27million Napoli paid to sign him from Real Betis in July 2018.

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid

The 24-year-old Spain international celebrates scoring for Napoli against Brescia in February

Ruiz made his breakthrough at Betis under Quique Setien, who is now in charge at Barcelona, and the manager is reportedly keen on a reunion at the Nou Camp.

Ruiz, who has made six appearances for Spain, is also attracting Real’s interest and it is believed they are prepared to commit more financially to signing him.

De Laurentiis is a big fan of Ruiz and has already presented him with a contract extension from the current 2023 expiry to 2025. But the player has yet to sign a new deal.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is optimistic Barcelona and Real will both bid for Ruiz

Ruiz previously played under Barcelona manager Quique Setien when a player at Real Betis 

Ruiz had contributed three goals and two assists in his 32 outings for Napoli before the Serie A season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He played against Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 in February, with the match at Stadio San Paolo ending 1-1.

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