Spanish outlet El Confidencial is reporting that Newcastle have sent scouts regularly this season to watch Real Betis youngster Fabian Ruiz.
Ruiz has played for the Spanish U21 side, and while he usually plays in central midfield, he can also play on the right wing.
The current figure in the release clause of his contract at Betis is £13M, but Real want to renegotiate the current deal so they can put a higher release figure in the new contract.
Not surprisingly his agent doesn’t want to negotiate a new deal, because he can earn money now if the 6ft 2ins Ruiz is sold at £13M, with his current contract having over two years to run.
21 year-old Fabian Ruiz – Real Betis central midfielder
Ruiz, however, is attracting a lot of interest from some big clubs including Barcelona, Arsenal, and Chelsea, as well as Newcastle.
He has played 17 games with two goals and two assists this season, and he has been in excellent form.
He was on loan to Elche CF last season and played 18 games for them, and at Real Betis, he has played a total of 41 times for Betis.
Newcastle may find it difficult to raise the £13M to try to buy him this month – and by the summer if his club are successful he will have a new contract with a much higher release figure in it.
It’s a good chance for some club to move in now and trigger the £13M release clause and buy him this month.