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Guy Town quiet over Ruiz deal


Bosses at Manchester City have distanced themselves from reports
they want to buy £100 million-rated Napoli midfielder, Fabian Ruiz.

Italian media claim the Citizens will be directly fighting
it out this summer with Real Madrid and Barcelona to sign the crafty Spain
international, while Liverpool have also been linked.

The 23-year-old is ready to quit the south of Italy, but
Napoli’s outspoken owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has vowed to “resist until
the bitter end” when it comes to parting with his prized asset.

De Laurentiis is well known for trying to ramp up the prices
of his players – something Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola knows all too
well.

The Catalan thought a deal had been agreed to sign
midfielder Jorginho in 2018 – unaware Napoli were using City’s interest to
ensure instead he went to Chelsea for a premium sum of £57m.

De Laurentiis’ decision to renege on a deal left a bitter
taste in the mouth, with City insiders insisting the club have ‘little desire’
to come knocking again for anyone in Naples.

It was the same message coming back when the Manchester
giants were recently being linked to Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly
despite his obvious quality.

Like the giant Senegalese, Guardiola is an admirer of Ruiz’s
ability, but City do not want their name being used to kickstart a bidding war
for anyone.

There is also the small matter of City waiting to hear if
their appeal against UEFA’s two-year Champions League ban for alleged breaches
of Financial Fair Play regulations will be overturned at the Court of
Arbitration for Sport.

Club executives were confident CAS would provide a quick decision,
but the current global pandemic has understandably slowed down the legal
processes.

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City would certainly not turn their noses up if Ruiz made it
clear he will only come to Manchester, but his huge asking price coupled with
the previous bad blood over the Jorginho debacle, reinforces the belief they
will not be getting involved in the mix as things stand.

– TEAMtalk media



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