The hype around Fabian Ruiz has gone off into the stratosphere over the past month.

He made his debut in June for Spain, playing against the Faroe Islands, and played again for his country against Romania earlier this month.

That’s led to endless claims of interest in the Napoli player, with the Spanish media repeatedly putting the price at around €60m. Barcelona have been the most linked, although other clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester City, have been pulled into the chase.

Calciomercato claim there’ll be an ‘international auction’ for the midfielder in 2020, with four clubs going for him. The clubs who are keen are named as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City.

Last week it was claimed Manchester United had seen Ruiz as a replacement for Paul Pogba had he left during the summer, although that was hard to believe given it came after the event was possible.

These claims of interest are now almost daily, and it’s starting to feel like the hype is encouraging further hype, leading it all into a rumour circus.

Are Manchester City and Liverpool really interested? The potential for their interest is there, but perhaps it’s not quite as far along as suggested.