Barcelona hold €40m buyback option on Braga striker Abel Ruiz

Barcelona have an option to re-sign striker Abel Ruiz for a €40m fee after selling him to Braga for €8m, reports Cadena Ser.

The frontman has joined the Portuguese club initially on a loan deal until the end of the season, when the deal will then be processed permanently for €8m.

Ruiz will sign a five-year contract for the Europa League club and Barca will hold a buyback clause on the player for three years, while he has a €45m release clause.

In a separate deal that was completed on the same day, Braga forward Francisco Trincao will join the Catalan club in a €31m deal this summer.

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 and Ousmane Dembele been ruled out until the end of the season, with youngsters Ansu Fati and Carles Perez instead promoted in their place – but the latter has since been sold to Roma.

“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 Barca last season as he came on from the substitute’s bench for Philippe Coutinho in the 2-0 win over Getafe in May.

He had 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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