Man City ready to splash out for Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz

Manchester City are set to swoop for Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz.

The Sun says Roberto Mancini is ready to start spending again by matching the £7million release clause for Espanyol's Ruiz.

The centre-back, 21, has become one of the most sought-after defenders in La Liga after a string of eye-catching displays for Espanyol and Spain's Under-21 side.

His form attracted the interest of Napoli in the summer but their £4.5m bid fell way short of Espanyol's valuation.

But, according to reports in Spain, City scouts have been tracking Ruiz since the start of the season and are ready to launch a bid in January.

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