Real Madrid cooled interest in signing of £290.000 a-week Man Utd star

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Real Madrid have reportedly identified Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz as a possible transfer target ahead of the next season as he has been a cheaper alternative for Paul Pogba.

Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that World-cup winning defender is his top target to strengthen the Los Blancos midfield, however, Manchester United’s reluctance to lose the Frenchman will make negotiations tough.

The Red Devils have reportedly set a £150m price tag on their record signing head in a bid to deter both his former club Juventus and Real Madrid from firming up their interest with concrete offers.

The Los Blancos are in need of balancing the books having already spent around £300m in the summer with the signings of Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy, Luka Jovic and Eden Hazard.

Consequently, the team are exploring cheaper options to Man Utd playmaker, including Ruiz who enjoyed a stunning season in the Italian top-tier his move to Napoli from La Liga outfits Real Betis last summer.

The 23-year-old has found back of the net five times and provided four assists in the Italian top-tier and has also caught the eye while playing for U-21 Spain national team at the European championship.

According to AS, Ruiz would command a significant fee himself but the report states that Italian giants demand around €70-80m that has been a half od Pogba’s price tag.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid is also eyeing move for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cristian Eriksen who has also been rumoured with a switch to Old Trafford if he fails to finalise a move to Santiago Bernabeu.