Arsenal and Newcastle United are reportedly at the head of the queue for Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz.
The 26-year-old enjoyed another fine season under the tutelage of Luciano Spalletti with seven goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions in the 2021-22 campaign.
Eleven of Ruiz's contributions came in 32 Serie A matches, as the Spaniard helped Napoli finish nine points clear of Juventus in third place, sealing Champions League qualification as a result.
However, Ruiz is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with the Partenopei, who could therefore be pressured into a cut-price sale in the coming weeks.
A fee of £25.8m will supposedly be enough to prise the Spain international away from Napoli as the Italian giants aim to avoid losing him on a free transfer in 2023.
According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Newcastle still hold a firm interest in Ruiz after seeing a £42m bid for the midfielder rejected during the January window.
However, Arsenal are also said to be at the head of the queue to sign Ruiz and will have the advantage of European football in negotiations with the ex-Real Betis man.
Leicester City's Youri Tielemans was thought to be a prime target for the engine room, but Arsenal have reportedly cooled their interest in the Belgian while they focus on other targets.
The Spain international commanded a £27m fee when he left Real Betis for Napoli in 2018, and he has gone on to amass 22 goals and 15 assists in 166 appearances for the Partenopei.
Ruiz's solitary piece of silverware with Napoli came in the 2019-20 Coppa Italia, and he is also thought to be on the radar of Manchester City and Manchester United.