Everton are one of several clubs to have been told they will have to pay €100m for Napoli midfielder Fabián Ruiz.
That’s according to RAI journalist Ciro Venerato, who claims the Toffees are one of a whole host of clubs interested in the Spanish midfielder.
Like Napoli themselves, Ruiz has endured a challenging year, with just three goals and two assists to his name so far this term.
However, interest remains high in him after an impressive campaign last year, when he established himself as a critical player for the Italian side and managed seven goals and three assists in all competitions.
According to reports, several top European clubs are keen on signing him, including both Barcelona and Real Madrid, and according to Venerato, Everton are among those vying for his signature.
Napoli, though, have informed any interested parties that it will take at least €100m to secure the highly-rated 23-year-old.
“There are two points: Napoli is willing to lose him only in front of an unmissable offer,” he told CalcioNapoli24.
“That’s already been made clear to his entourage and Barcelona, Real Madrid, Everton and other English clubs. At the end of the year, they will hardly spend what Napoli is asking for, that is 100 million.
“(Thus) Fabian stays another year in Napoli, and at the end of the year, if there are offers, he will be sold. In the meantime he will renew at three million: the player could think about it.
“The knot is the clause that the player wants, around 70-80 million, that allows him to rescind if Napoli doesn’t respect the pacts. If Napoli demanded a clause above 100 million, then there could be problems.
“I wouldn’t rule out Leonardo’s Paris Saint-Germain on Fabian. To date, the idea of Napoli is to convince him to renew at three million net plus bonus, asking him to stay another year.”