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Real Madrid transfer target set to sign for PSG in €25 million deal

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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.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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