ARSENAL will have to pay a transfer fee of £34million for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, according to reports.
Ruiz, 26, has cemented his place in Napoli's starting line-up this season.
In 37 appearances across all competitions, he has scored seven goals and assisted five.
His consistent performances have put him on the radar of both Real Madrid and Barcelona.
However, according to Napoli Piu as per SportWitness, Arsenal are the 'most interested' in signing the midfielder.
Napoli have set an initial price of £34m for Ruiz due to his contract situation.
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He has one year remaining on his current deal, meaning his value will likely decrease if he is not sold in the next window – and in 12 months he will be available for free.
The report also suggests that Napoli could even be persuaded to drop the price by around £3.4m to facilitate a move.
Arsenal reportedly held talks with Ruiz's representatives earlier this year in an attempt to understand his demands.
It is believed he wants to sign a four-year deal when he joins a new club.
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The Gunners are also closing in on a £40m deal for Leicester star Youri Tielemans.
However, the midfielder is waiting to see if Mikel Arteta's side qualify for the Champions League.
Gabriel Jesus is another name on Arsenal's list of transfer targets.
He is set to leave Manchester City following the arrival of Erling Haaland.
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