Monday January 24 2011
Ruiz close to Napoli

Reports in Spain suggest Napoli are just hours away from completing the transfer of Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz.

It's no secret that Napoli are in talks to sign the highly-rated 21-year-old centre-back.

El Mundo Deportivo claims the deal could be worth as much as €8.5m.

It will apparently be structured in two parts.

First, Napoli will pay Espanyol €6m in cash for Ruiz.

Second, they will offer 50 per cent of Jesus Datolo's playing rights, which are said to be worth €2.5m.

Napoli had planned to reinforce their defence in January.

A serious injury to Gianluca Grava made that need imperative.

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