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Aug-07 12:06 first published at 12:06 PM


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Manchester United have suffered yet another transfer setback after Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz reportedly agreed to join PSG.

The Red Devils have been looking for a new central midfielder all summer, with Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong being their top target.

However, a stalemate in negotiations for the Dutchman prompted reports that United might instead turn to Ruiz. (Opens in a new window) (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP/AFP via Getty Images.) ) That now appears unlikely, as Sky Sport Italia (opens in new tab) reports that Ruiz has agreed to terms with PSG. The French champions and Napoli have reached an agreement on a fee, with the Italians demanding €30 million for the Spain international. Ruiz’s contract in Naples expires in 2023, and he has stated that he will not sign a new contract, so the Serie A club is eager to cash in now rather than lose him for free next year. The move would be a setback for the Red Devils, who have been in talks with Barcelona for De Jong since May and are running out of options. Erik ten Hag’s side begin their Premier League campaign at home against Brighton on Sunday, and their transfer window has been dominated by speculation about Cristiano Ronaldo’s possible departure. Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez, and Tyrell Malacia have all joined the club, but the search for a holding midfielder continues. More Manchester United coverage Manchester United is planning four more signings before the end of the transfer window. As many as six defenders may also leave the club. The Frenkie de Jong saga continues apace. Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be unhappy if De Jong earns more than him, while Chelsea is also interested in the Dutchman – and has a plan to sabotage his move. Sergino Dest, another Ajax star under Ten Hag who moved to Barcelona, is also a possibility, as is potential Ronaldo replacement Benjamin Sesko. Bayern Munich has reportedly offered United Benjamin Pavard, and another Bundesliga star is also on the shortlist. Meanwhile, Dean Henderson has spoken out about how he was treated at Old Trafford last season.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome who has been a contributor to FourFourTwo since 2015. He can be found at Reuters, The Times, and the I when he is not wearing the FFT shirt. Growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he became an Italophile and now counts himself among thousands of fans who support Ross County and Lazio.

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