Valencia, Sporting CP in for Barcelona forward Abel Ruiz

Valencia and Sporting CP may look to sign Barcelona B forward Abel Ruiz in a €10m deal, reports El Mundo Deportivo.

The 21-year-old had been hoping to break into the Barcelona senior squad this season but has remained in the B team, despite a number of injuries in the first-team.

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele have all had prolonged absences due to injury this campaign, with youngsters Ansu Fati and Carles Perez instead promoted in their place.

Meanwhile, the Blaugrana are closing in on a deal to land Valencia striker Rodrigo Moreno – while Ruiz may yet be involved in that deal.

“I want to be at Barcelona, but if you don't enjoy the opportunities you want, you have to look for them elsewhere,” Ruiz told press agency AFE back in November.

“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 21 minutes of first-team action for Ernesto Valverde’s side last season as he came on from the substitute’s bench for Philippe Coutinho in the 2-0 win over Getafe in May.

He has scored three goals in 14 league appearances for Barca’s B team this season and has established himself as an Under-21 forward at international level.

Ruiz has previously played for Spain at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-19 level.

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