A player linked with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has been described by a Europa League opponent as the most difficult player he’s come up against, in conversation with Goal.
However, several other big clubs, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, are said to be keen on the Spain international, according to The Express.
The 23-year-old joined the Serie A side in the summer of 2018 from Real Betis on a five-year deal for a reported €30million (£27million), his buyout clause.
The playmaker has been touted to potentially leave Napoli in the transfer window, and Hoffenheim star Diadie Samassekou expects the midfielder’s stock to remain on the rise.
“That (hardest foe) was Fabian Ruiz of Napoli, even if he is perhaps not so well known,” Samassekou told Goal.
“It was incredibly difficult to defend against him because he is extremely agile and only ever needs two touches.
“I sometimes try to show my friends why it’s so hard to defend. I’ve played against a lot of good teams and players, but people will be talking a lot about Ruiz in the next few years.”
Ruiz is a high-calibre player with impressive vision, passing, ball control and dribbling skills, as well as versatility across midfield, and as such it’s little surprise that he’s being linked with some top clubs.
Both Liverpool and Everton will surely fancy their chances of claiming his signature – the Reds are one of the strongest teams in world football right now, while the Toffees have Ancelotti in the dugout, a coach Ruiz is extremely fond of.
Samassekou’s comments on Ruiz will certainly be of interest to all of the Spaniard’s suitors, as praise from fellow peers, particularly those who aren’t teammates, are testament to a player being a cut above.
In terms of how much he could cost, The Express believe Liverpool are lining up a £74million move.