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Real Madrid identify Napoli playmaker Fabian Ruiz as cheaper Paul Pogba alternative

Real Madrid are considering a move for Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz as an alternative to Paul Pogba (Picture: Getty) Real Madrid have identified Napoli playmaker Fabian Ruiz as a possible transfer target this summer in a move which could have ramifications for their pursuit of Paul Pogba. Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that Pogba is his top target to bolster Real’s midfield, however, Manchester United’s reluctance to lose the Frenchman will make negotiations difficult. United have reportedly set a £150m price tag on Pogba’s head in a bid to deter both Real and his former club Juventus from firming up their interest with concrete offers. Real are in need of balancing the books having splashed out £300m already this summer with the signings of Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Ferland Mendy, Rodrygo and Eder Militao. Paul Pogba is Zinedine Zidane’s top midfield target (Picture: Getty) Consequently, the club are exploring cheaper options to Pogba, including Ruiz who enjoyed a sensational season in Serie A following his move to Napoli from Real Betis last summer. The 23-year-old scored five goals and provided four assists in Serie A and has also caught the eye while playing for Spain at the U21 European Championships. According to AS, Ruiz would command a significant fee himself but the report states that Napoli could be willing to do business for between €70-80m, around half Pogba’s price tag. Carlo Ancelotti’s desire to bring James Rodriguez to Naples could also be used as a bargaining tool for Real in their bid to land Ruiz. More: TV'Ruthless' new Love Island boy set to 'steal Amy Hart from Curtis Pritchard'Glastonbury 2019 weather forecast as heavy rain continues to fall across UKGunman facing jail for killing best friend while 'messing about' with loaded gun Interestingly, the report states that Real could target both Ruiz and Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen combined, believing that the pair would cost as much or even less than Pogba alone. Eriksen has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital for some time and has admitted that he is open to leaving Spurs this summer following six seasons in the Premier League. More: Manchester United FCBarcelona's Philippe Coutinho speaks out on future after Man Utd and PSG linksManchester United refuse to meet £70m asking price for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's targetManchester United or Juventus? Adrien Rabiot set to seal move in next 24 hours...


Published By: Metro - Tuesday, 25 June

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