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Valencia closing in on Barcelona youngster Abel Ruiz - report

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Barcelona and Ruiz are ready to part ways

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Nineteen-year-old Abel Ruiz of Barcelona B could be heading to Valencia soon. The youngster started in the Valencian academy before joining Barcelona seven years ago, and he could be on his way back.

While the striker has shown a lot of promise, he hasn’t been at his best lately, and Mundo Deportivo reports that Ruiz and his club agree he should go elsewhere to recover his best form. Barcelona are expected to want to retain control over the player in the long term as well, suggesting perhaps a loan or sale with a buyback clause could be in the cards.

Valencia could be motivated to sign Ruiz if Kevin Gameiro leaves them to join Olympique Lyonnais. The French forward has picked up more playing time since the appointment of Albert Celades at Valencia, so los che might stay firm. However, if a big enough offer comes, Valencia are said to be tempted to let Gameiro go. In that case, they would be in search of a new forward.

Regardless, it seems Ruiz could be on his way out one way or another.