Fabian Ruiz has already made ‘big clubs’ claim amid Man Utd transfer links

Manchester United are being linked with a move for Napoli star Fabian Ruiz, and the midfielder has already spoken about links with big clubs.

Manchester United are being linked with a move for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.

The Red Devils have spent much of this summer chasing Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong, but to little avail.

The Dutchman doesn’t want to leave the Nou Camp, and it seems entirely possible United could come up short in their pursuit.

As Erik ten Hag reportedly weighs up alternatives, Spain international Ruiz has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

According to Calcio Napoli 24, United have contacted the midfielder over a move, with Napoli already ‘irritated’ by Ruiz after he has pushed for a move this summer.

Ruiz is valued at around £38million, the report claims, but only has one year remaining on his contract, putting Napoli in a vulnerable position.

The midfielder was linked with a move away from Napoli last summer, and he opened up about his future, admitting he was flattered by interest.

“I am happy in Naples, I still have two years of contract and I’m only thinking of doing well with the national team,” he said at the time. “It’s nice that they talk about you and that your name is attached to big clubs.”

Ruiz only has earned 15 international caps to date, and his main aim will be to be involved in the Spain squad for the fast-approaching World Cup.

Luis Enrique has a crowded midfield currently, and Ruiz has an uphill task having missed out on the squad for June’s fixtures.

If he can become a regular at United in the coming season, he may improve his chances of breaking into the World Cup squad.

Convincing Ruiz of that could be key to any deal if United really are pursuing the 26-year-old’s signature.

As far as striking a deal with Napoli, it should just be a game of numbers given Ruiz only has one year of contract remaining.