Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Napoli playmaker Fabian Ruiz, according to journalist Raffaele Auriemma. The Italian claimed the Spanish midfield maestro snubbed the Gunners as he looked to wait for offers from Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain.
The 25-year-old has been truly impressive for Luciano Spalletti’s Napoli side this season. A string of impressive displays from Gli Azzurri saw him attract the interest of a host of clubs across the continent, including Arsenal.
However, Auriemma has nothing but bad news for the North London club as he says the former Real Betis star is unwilling to move to the Emirates. Representatives from Mikel Arteta’s side have already been in touch with the 25-year-old’s entourage but the player is said to be looking for a bigger challenge.
Auriemma told Italian television channel TeleClubItalia, relayed by arenapoli.it:
“I believe Fabian Ruiz will leave Napoli at the end of the season. There has been an offer from Arsenal. But I understand that the player does not want to join the Gunners. The midfielder is waiting for other offers, which they are from Paris, Saint-Germain or Real Madrid.
Ruiz has been a key player for the Napoli club over the past few years since moving to Italy from Real Betis in 2018. He has six goals and four assists in 28 games in all competitions for the Serie A side, who fights. with Inter Milan and AC Milan for the Scudetto.
The 15-time capped Spain international has 18 months left on his current contract with Napoli. This means they risk losing Ruiz for nothing if they don’t take advantage of him this summer.
Ruiz has made a total of 156 appearances for Napoli till date, having found the back of the net 21 times while providing 14 assists.
Arsenal desperately need to add quality to their midfield
Mikel Arteta is defying the odds with a very thin Arsenal squad at his disposal and his midfield options look quite limited. The Gunners, however, can focus on the race for a top four spot as they are no longer taking part in cup competitions this season.
The Gunners only have Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Albert Sambi Lokonga as options at number eight. It is imperative that the London giants strengthen their midfield ranks this summer.