Real Madrid hold talks over transfer of Napoli star amid Barca interest

Real Madrid have held talks with Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz over a potential move to the Bernabeu next season, sources have told ESPN FC.

A meeting took place in October and although negotiations remain in its early stages, the player sees Madrid as a favourable destination despite competition from Manchester City and Barcelona.

Madrid will need to agree a fee with Napoli because there is no release clause in Fabian’s contract. Sources have told ESPN FC that Madrid would have to pay between €80 and 100 million, depending on performances this season.

Sources have told ESPN FC that Fabian would prefer to be closer to home in Madrid, where he would be “well looked after,” and some in the Madrid dressing room would prefer his signing over Paul Pogba.