Barcelona set to sell ANOTHER striker despite front-line crisis as young star Abel Ruiz nears five-deal with Braga
Barcelona are set to offload another young striker from their ranks, despite their desperation to sign a front-man in the January transfer window.
After Carles Perez joined Roma on Thursday, 21-year-old Abel Ruiz now looks set to follow him out of the exit door when he signs a five-year deal at Braga.
Barcelona are scrambling around for a last-minute addition to their front-line, given Luis Suarez’s potential season-ending injury.
Abel Ruiz (left) looks set to leave Barcelona to join Portuguese side Braga on a five-year deal
Ruiz has been plying his trade for Barcelona’s B team in the third tier of Spanish football
But it doesn’t appear that Ruiz is in their plans, with the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati getting much more time in the first-team than he has.
Instead, Ruiz has been leading the line for Barcelona’s B team in the third tier and now looks set to exit the club.
Diario Sport report that Ruiz is travelling to Portugal for a medical with Braga, where he will sign a five-year deal ahead of the transfer deadline on Friday night.
Speaking back in November, Ruiz said of his future at the Nou Camp: ‘I want to be at Barcelona, but if you don’t enjoy the opportunities you want, you have to look for them elsewhere.
‘Before, my decision was to stay in the B team and continue to grow as a player and as a person and wait for opportunities in the first team.’
Ruiz played for Spain against England in the Under 17 World Cup in India back in 2017