The Italian media reports Fabian Ruiz’s agents have started talks for a contract renewal with Napoli. According to Il Mattino (via Tutto Mercato Web), there’s been an ‘opening’ from his entourage and a meeting will take place in the next few days.
The midfielder had been linked to a few clubs this summer, especially from England, and the report points out that the ‘only offer delivered so far’ actually came from Manchester United.
It’s said the Red Devils made an attempt which was ‘considered too low’ by Napoli, who are now more focused on keeping the player with a new deal.
The story claims that ‘the starting point’ for this new contract is a €2.5m yearly salary, with a ‘not particularly high termination clause’, worth only €30m.
That amount certainly makes us wonder about how much Manchester United offered for the midfielder, who’s valued by Transfermarkt at €55m.
At the end of July, it had been reported that Ruiz’s agents had presented to Napoli a bid from the Red Devils which was considered ‘very low’ and turned down.
That same report claimed the midfielder could leave as long as there was a bid worth at least €25m.
It would be assumed that if Manchester United are genuinely keen on the 26-year-old they wouldn’t have a problem reaching that figure, although it could depend on how their pursuits for other targets go.