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Real Madrid 'intensify their pursuit of Fabian Ruiz' with Barcelona, PSG and Manchester City also tracking £154m-rated Napoli midfielder

The Spanish midfielder is also being tracked by Barcelona and Manchester CityNapoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis once valued his star man at over £150mReal Madrid are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Napoli star Fabian Ruiz

Real Madrid are stepping up their efforts to sign Napoli star Fabian Ruiz, according to reports.

The in-demand midfielder is being tracked by Europe's elite with Barcelona and Manchester City also intent on signing the 23-year-old.

Ruiz is stalling on a contract renewal at the Stadio San Paolo, and is believed to be considering his options after making a name for himself across the continent.

Real Madrid 'intensify their pursuit of Fabian Ruiz' with Barcelona, PSG and Manchester City also tracking £154m-rated Napoli midfielder

Real Madrid are reportedly stepping up their pursuit of Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz

News of his refusal to sign a new deal has prompted Real to step up their interest, with Los Blancos remaining in 'constant contact' with the player, according to Cadena Ser. 

Paris Saint-Germain are also in the running to sign the Spain international but a move back to La Liga appears to be his preferred option.

Napoli paid £25.5million for the box-to-box star last summer, to acquire his services from Real Betis.

After a stellar debut season in Italian football, the Serie A club now consider his value to have multiplied considerably.

'I paid €30m for Fabian and he’s a fantastic player,' Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is reported to have said. 

Ruiz (right) is known for game intelligence, strong passing and willingness to go into a tackle

The 23-year-old scored Spain's first goal in their 5-0 win over Romania last month

'If some of the European top clubs were to offer €180m we can start talking about selling him.'

Though the comments are not to be taken at face value, given Napoli's general reluctance to sell their star man, ESPN report that the Italians would be increasingly tempted to allow Ruiz to leave for a fee between £68m-£85m.

Ruiz received his first senior Spain cap in June and scored in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Romania last month. 

He has also showed confidence and capability in his debut season in Serie A - scoring seven goals and providing three assists.


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