Arsenal handed boost as summer target ‘rejects’ new contract

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Arsenal are thought to be eager to add to their midfield this summer.

Arsenal have been handed hope in their pursuit of Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz, as they look to bolster their midfield this summer.

Acording to football.london, the midfielder has rejected a new contract with the Italians and so could be on his way out of the club.

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Ruiz has been a staple in Napoli’s starting line-up since joining the club from Real Betis four years ago but could be set for a new challenge, with only a year remaining on his current deal.

The Serie A side paid €30 million for Ruiz in 2018 and won’t want to let him go for free next summer so could consider cashing in on him in the coming months.

It is thought that the 26-year-old would be available for less than £25 million, however Arsenal would face stiff competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona for his signature.

The Gunners may struggle to lure Ruiz to the club after they failed to secure Champions League football for next season, while a return to Spain may also be more tempting after his time away from home.

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Mikel Arteta’s side have already been linked with a number of midfielders including Ruben Neves and Youri Tielemans, with the club reportedly previously considering a £25 million bid for the latter.

Arsenal are currently relying on Thomas Partey, Albert Lokonga and Xhaka in the middle of the park, while Mohamed Elneny has recently signed a new deal with the club.

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