Napoli midfielder and Spain international Fabian Ruiz is on the radar of Real Madrid for a move next year, according to reports.
The 23-year-old is going from strength to strength since he made the €30m transfer from Real Betis in the summer of 2018.
He has now become a regular in the Spain XI and is repeatedly linked with a return to La Liga, with the front page of Monday’s edition of Marca outlining Madrid’s interest.
It is claimed that the Blaugrana’s director of football Eric Abidal went to Italy last month to watch the Naples-based side play Lecce and scout the midfielder.
A subsequent report in El Mundo Deportivo claimed that that Barca value the player’s ‘timing of runs, presence and touch of the ball’ and see him as the ideal candidate for strengthening the midfield.
The club are uncertain over the long-term futures of central midfielders Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets.
Fabian received his first senior Spain cap in June and impressed in his debut Serie A season - scoring seven goals and providing three assists - following a €30m transfer from Betis last summer.
This follows a summer report in Diario AS which claimed Madrid were interested in a summer transfer for the midfielder.
The 23-year-old is said by Napoli to be ‘non-transferable’ but the report adds that they will listen to ‘juicy offers’ for the player and could be seduced by bids in excess of €70m.
There is no release clause in Fabian’s contract, so Real Madrid would need to negotiate directly with President Aurelio De Laurentiis.