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Reports: Liverpool target Fabian Ruiz held talks with Real Madrid

According to reports in ESPN, Real Madrid are chasing Napoli’s sought after Spanish playmaker. In the past, there have been rumours of a Liverpool bid for Fabian Ruiz.

Real Madrid are chasing Napoli’s Spanish midfielder – should Liverpool bid for Fabian Ruiz? (photo by Massimo Insabato/Archivio Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)

ESPN believe it would take an offer of between €80-100m to secure the Spaniard’s signature. Ruiz only signed for Napoli last season after the Italians brought him over from Real Betis.

Since arriving in Italy he has been impressing clubs across Europe with Barcelona allegedly plotting his return to La Liga. This season he has netted once and assisted twice in Serie A.

ESPN have also asserted that Pep Guardiola sees Fabian as a long term successor to Man City legend David Silva. They have similar styles of play: Ruiz has an eye for a key pass, has strong dribbling ability and even has a goal in him.

Real Madrid are chasing Napoli’s Spanish midfielder – should Liverpool bid for Fabian Ruiz? (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

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Ruiz is the type of player that the Reds need right now. However, this situation could change with an uptake in form and fitness for both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Jürgen Klopp’s midfield has lacked a natural playmaker, a flair player, since the departure of Philippe Coutinho. Whilst The Ox has performed this role admirably it is not precisely his role nor has he been able to stay regularly fit.

One thing is for certain, if Liverpool bid for Fabian Ruiz they could solve the problem of the creative spark in the midfield. However, the figures quoted are obscene.

Michael Edwards has gained a reputation for being a shrewd operator and our scouting system has brought in some hidden gems in recent years, it is unlikely that the Reds would be willing to pay €100m for Ruiz.

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