Manchester United at the moment are considering Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz as a ‘serious alternative’ to Frenkie de Jong because the Red Devils finally begin to evaluate possible back-up options to the Dutchman. Erik ten Hag and the Old Trafford hierarchy have been stubborn of their approach, insisting that until a deal is completely dead within the water, De Jong will remain United’s transfer priority.
But little progress has been made after 12 solid weeks of labor on the deal, despite agreeing a fee with Barcelona.
United have already shaken hands on a £72million package including add-ons but De Jong has remained consistent that he desires to stay in Catalonia.
Now Goal are reporting that United could turn attentions to Spain international Ruiz, who’s deemed a ‘serious alternative’ by the club.
Ruiz is in the ultimate yr of his contract at Napoli and may very well be set for a difficult season after failing to agree a latest contract.
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De Jong desires to play in Europe’s elite club competition and that is partially why he has little interest in joining United.
His first selection is to stay with Barcelona though as discussions over a pay-cut proceed.
Barca need De Jong and a number of other other high-profile players to agree salary reductions with the intention to register quite a lot of their latest signings including Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha.
But to this point, De Jong is yet to point out any desire to slash his wages, even though it may very well be the one way he gets to remain at Camp Nou.
Italian journalist and Napoli expert Ciro Venerato recently revealed United had made a move to sign Ruiz via his agent.
He told CalcioNapoli24: “Manchester United made an attempt with Fabian’s entourage.”
Ten Hag has already outlined his desire to enhance the club’s options in midfield and other areas of the pitch, stating: “We signed [Christian] Eriksen for the midfield department, we’re really pleased with that.
“I’m also pleased with the performance of our midfield and offensive department.
“This season has plenty of games, with the World Cup, so we want more options.
“We want a great team, a great squad, to get the precise results at the tip of the season. We want to strengthen the squad much more, and we’re looking around, but we want the precise players.”