Arsenal challenge Newcastle as duo ‘knock on door’ for £49.5m-rated star

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal target Fabian Ruiz

According to reports, Arsenal and Newcastle United have ‘knocked on the door’ for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz ahead of this summer.

Ruiz was linked with a move to Newcastle during the January transfer window.

The 26-year-old signed for Napoli in 2019 from La Liga side Real Betis.

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He has played over 150 times for Napoli across all competitions in just under four seasons.

The centre-midfielder has grabbed six goals and three assists from his 28 Serie A outings this term.

His form for Napoli led to him making his debut for Spain in 2019. He has been capped 15 times at senior level.

Il Mattino (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Arsenal, Newcastle and Atletico Madrid are all ‘knocking on the door’ for the player’s services ahead of this summer.

It is unclear what fee Napoli will demand for their midfielder. But he is valued at £49.5m by transfermarkt.

Elsewhere, Arsenal forward Eddie Nketiah is out of contract this summer. He has revealed that he has been offered a new deal:

“There have been offers of a new contract but at the moment my aim is to play football and play regularly,” Nketiah told The Beautiful Game podcast.

“That’s my ambition and that’s what I hope to do but at the same time I’m at Arsenal, I love Arsenal.”

He continued: “What I can say is just that I love the club. I’m a childhood supporter as well, people need to remember this.

“It has always been my goal to be the number nine for Arsenal and that only. I think I’m good enough to do that and I’ve always been driven towards that.

“What I will say is that I’m 100 per cent totally committed to the club and achieving their goals this season.

“Whether I get five, 10, 15 starts I going to try and do as much as I can for the team and do well. I want to do well as much as they want to do well.

“That’s my aim just do as well as I can until the end of the season and then see what the future holds after that.”