Manchester United could form a remarkable midfield for the 2022/23 campaign if reports are to be believed…
According to Italian publication Il Matino, United have already seen their initial advances for Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz rejected.
The Red Devils aim to swoop in before his contract comes to an end, and this early bid is a signal of intent. Napoli will reportedly not sell for any less than €30m (£25m).
Erik ten Hag will be itching to start the new Premier League campaign, however, he is still yet to find a player to fill one coveted midfield spot.
With the Frenkie de Jong transfer saga having rumbled on all summer, this bid could represent a change in focus, and he could replicate the same play style as the Dutchman whilst adding a wand of a left foot to his midfield.
Dubbed “sensational” by Julio Maldonado, the Red Devils certainly lacked anything close to this over their most recent miserable season.
Last season for Napoli, the Spain international featured 32 times but contributed towards 11 goals. Adding these numbers to the centre of midfield, whilst also boosting security due to his tendency to sit back, could free up Bruno Fernandes for another outstanding season.
If this can be created, we could see him unlock his insane proficiency in front of goal once more. This could be all the more important if Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave the club, as he is touted to do so.
He averaged 2.05 tackles and 1.92 interceptions per 90, suggesting that whilst defensive work will not be his priority, he would add balance to United’s midfield if someone of the ilk of McTominay or Lisandro Martinez was to sit just behind him.
Perhaps this shrewd signing could see both players take their game to the next level and allow one another to improve United. It could be Ten Hag’s most important signing of the summer.