While Real Madrid have been busy in the current transfer window, they have been equally active in securing deals for the near future. Given the club’s rich history, it is not difficult for them to win a player’s commitment well before the official signing.
One such player linked with a move to the Bernabeu next summer was Fabian Ruiz. The Spanish midfielder has been on the radar of several top European clubs in recent years and was expected to make a move at the end of his contract with Napoli.
According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Paris Saint-Germain are set to gatecrash Los Blancos‘ plans. The French club are closing in on signing Ruiz in the ongoing transfer window with talks already in advanced stages.
Napoli and PSG are optimistic about reaching an agreement in the coming days, especially given that PSG football advisor Luis Campos is a big fan of the Spanish midfielder.
This comes as a big blow to the Madrid offices as Ruiz was seen as the long-term replacement for Luka Modric. With the 26-year-old set to move to Ligue 1, Ancelotti’s side will have to identify alternate profiles.
Last season, Ruiz made 32 league appearances for the Naples-based side, scoring seven goals and providing four assists. The Spanish international also averaged over seven defensive actions per game.
The transfer fee involved in Ruiz’s move is expected to be around €25 million including add-ons, reports Corriere dello Sport. Given that Real Madrid have already spent big to acquire Aurelien Tchouameni, it is unlikely that they will hijack the move of Ruiz this summer.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.