Barcelona keep a close tab on signing the Serie A’s midfield superstar
Barcelona has turned their attention towards the transfer market after the club has given up all their hopes on the league as it is set for Real Madrid to lift their 34th Spanish league title. Lautaro Martinez remains the club’s top priority for the summer after the Serie A’s lethal marksman’s 111 million release clause has expired and has been reduced to 90 million euros, however, Quique Setien continues to look at midfielders for the summer.
The midfield at the Catalan club is under serious threat and is a worrying situation for the board and the former Real Betis manager. Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, and Miralem Pjanic are the midfielders that are in their thirties and the only young replacements the Catalans have are Frenkie de Jong and Riqui Puig after foolishly letting Arthur Melo move to Juventus.
Nonetheless, Setien has added Fabian Ruiz of Napoli to his list of potential midfielders the club requires to add depth as well as young blood to the slow-paced and aged midfield. The left-footed 24-year-old midfielder would be an ideal replacement for Miralem Pjanic and Ivan Rakitic as Fabian Ruiz can rotate frequently with both the experienced midfielders.
Fabian can play across the entire midfield as the Spaniard can be deployed on either of the wings as a wide midfielder and can also playing as CAM just behind the striker. His versatility would be an immense addition for Setien in the middle of the park.
The former Real Betis man is extremely creative as well as he has managed to create 50 chances and has played 42 key passes so far in the Serie A for Napoli while scoring two goals and providing five assists as well.
Another key factor would be that Fabian would not struggle to adapt to the Spanish league after he has been tried and tested after a successful spell with Real Betis in 2017-18 before Napoli snatched the midfielder.
However, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Real Madrid have also shown serious interest in signing the talented youngster and it seems like Barca would have to offer a possible swap deal plus cash to Napoli to procure the midfielder’s services