Rumour Has It: Napoli's Fabian Ruiz caught between Real-Barca tug of war

Real Madrid has moved ahead of Barcelona in the race for Napoli star Fabian and wants to sign the midfielder in January, according to Marca.

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Despite the battle for Fabian Ruiz intensifying between two LaLiga legends, Napoli will be hoping Fabian remains at Stadio San Paolo.

However, Real Madrid and Barcelona are determined to bring the former Real Betis midfielder back to Spain.

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Fabian has attracted plenty of interest since swapping Betis for Serie A side Napoli, where the Spaniard has starred since his €30milion arrival in 2018.

Barca has been keeping tabs on the 23-year-old, but rivals Madrid have reportedly jumped to the front of the queue.

 

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- While Fabian is of interest, Tuttosport says Barca is eyeing Inter star Lautaro Martinez, who has a €111m release clause.

- There is plenty happening at Camp Nou. Mundo Deportivo reports Barca is willing to let Ivan Rakitic and Carles Alena leave in January. Barca is also reportedly not interested in signing a new centre-back as it trusts Jean-Clair Todibo or Ronald Araujo, with Marca saying right-back is an area they are looking to strengthen.

- According to Corriere dello Sport, Fiorentina is targeting in-demand Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali. The 19-year-old has been linked to Juventus and Manchester United.

- AS claims Madrid is considering a move for Tottenham's Christian Eriksen in January, before his contract expires at the end of the season.

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- Hakan Calhanoglu's time at AC Milan could be coming to an end, with Calciomercato reporting the struggling Serie A side may sell the 25-year-old. Calhanoglu has struggled for consistency since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2017.

- Barca is lining up an approach for PSV sensation Donyell Malen, according to Sport. It comes as AS reports Ernesto Valverde's side are set to hand contract extensions to Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Nelson Semedo.

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