Manchester United are reportedly eyeing Fabian Ruiz as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who is yet to pen a new contract at Old Trafford.

According to Fichajes, Premier League giants Manchester United are keeping a keen eye on Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz, who continues to impress in Serie A.

The Spanish international has been with the Partenopei since 2018 and is an increasingly key player for Luciano Spalleti. Napoli are currently top of Serie A this season, and Ruiz has been one of the driving forces behind their excellent start. They remain the only European side who have made a perfect start to their league campaign this season.

His performances have not been lost, with those in Manchester keeping a keen eye on developments. A two-way player, Ruiz has thrived in Napoli’s 4-3-3 system and has also taken it up a notch.

Manchester United have invested well in recent windows and may need to do so again next summer. This is thanks to Paul Pogba, whose contract is up at the end of the season. The Frenchman is yet to pen new terms and could potentially seek a move elsewhere.

Fabian Ruiz is a wanted man (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)
Fabian Ruiz is a wanted man (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

One of the best players in the world on his day, Pogba’s potential exit will leave a vacuum in the Manchester United midfield. A dynamic player himself, Ruiz could help cushion that blow to a large extent.

The Spaniard has an excellent passing range and also has a superb long-range shot in him. Given the lack of bite the Manchester United midfield show sans Bruno Fernandes, Ruiz could offer something new to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s system.

A mobile player, he will slot in well alongside the Red Devils’ stars. Ruiz, however, has also caught the attention of both Real Madrid and Barcelona. If he continues to impress as he has this season, it will not come as a surprise if there is a bidding war for him next summer.

Ruiz is not the only midfielder on Manchester United’s radar. Others in the fray include West Ham United’s Declan Rice, AC Milan ace Franck Kessie and Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.  Whether Pogba decides to stay put or not, Manchester United must add another all-action midfielder to their roster.

The absence of Fernandes and Pogba largely takes away the bite in the Red Devils’ midfield. Fred and Scott McTominay are industrious but are sorely lacking in dynamism. Ruiz is an excellent player who is proven at the highest level. He will certainly add much to a Manchester United side who are stacked but lack cohesion on the field. Whether he will soon be donning the famous red jersey remains to be seen.

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