Date: 16th June 2020 at 1:00pm
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Speaking in an interview with Corriere dello Sport via Goal, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has set the price tag for Man City target Fabian Ruiz – claiming that the Sky Blues must offer €100 million (£89 million) for him to consider a sale. 

Ruiz, who has started 21 Serie A games under Gennaro Gattuso this season, amassing an impressive 90.5% pass accuracy as per WhoScored, has reportedly been on the Sky Blues’ radar as we search for potential midfield additions.

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As club legends Fernandinho and David Silva reach the end of their City careers, with the latter man poised to end his decade-long stay at the Etihad when this season draws to a close, Ruiz has emerged as a potential candidate to come in and bolster the squad.

Lauded as ‘spectacular‘ by Barcelona boss Quique Setien, it’s clear the 24-year-old would have a lot to offer Pep Guardiola if we were to make an official bid – and sporting director Txiki Begiristain now knows the price to bring him to Eastlands.

Indeed, president De Laurentiis has stated he would ‘consider‘ offers in the region of £89m, but current circumstances due to a recent global pandemic have put big money transfer dealings into question.

Statistically, only Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez have averaged more shots per game in the league than Ruiz this season, potentially supporting the theory he would be a threatening midfield asset.

Only time will tell whether Begiristain would be willing to launch an audacious offer, but the numbers prove it could be a worthwhile investment.

 
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