Thursday, February 22, 2024

Transfer: Barcelona coach, Setien blocks club from signing £86m Man United’s target

New Barcelona manager, Quique Setien once blocked the Blaugrana’s approach to sign £86million-rated Manchester United’s target, Fabian Ruiz, from Real Betis, Mundo Deportivo report.

Barcelona, along with Man United and Real Madrid have been linked with Ruiz over the past several months.

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The Catalan club could have signed the 23-year-old midfielder for a measly £850,000 in 2017.

But Setien was a huge admirer of Ruiz during their time together at Real Betis.

The 60-year-old personally obstructed Barca’s approach for the Spain international before his £25million transfer to Napoli the following year.

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Ruiz has been impressive for Napoli since joining the club in 2018.

He has scored six goals in 43 appearances for the Serie A side.

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