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Highly-rated Barcelona teenager, Abel Ruiz has caught the eye of top clubs around Europe with his eye-catching performances for the Barcelona ‘B’ team. The 17 year old has been the subject of speculations for a few weeks now, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all keenly monitoring his situation in a bid to snap him up at the slightest opportunity that is presented.
Arsenal are currently leading the pack in the race for his signature. Firstly, Wenger is a long admirer of young talent. More importantly, for Arsene Wenger, signing a striker now is very imperative – given the impending exit of Alexis Sanchez. Reports according to the Mirror claims that Arsenal have already met with the player’s representatives to discuss modalities for a possible move, while Chelsea are also reported to have also met the player’s representatives.
The versatile striker is already one of the best of his age grade. He is skillful, pacy, has a keen eye for goal and can also function as either a point man or a attacker/winger on either flank. The buy-out clause in his contract at Barcelona is around £3 million, and his current contract runs until 2019.
Barcelona have a notorious record of losing their top academy talent to other clubs, and plans are underway to stem this trend. The likes of Chelsea and Spain duo Cesc Fabregas and Pedro all graduated from the Barcelona academy.
Arsenal need a replacement for Sanchez, if he leaves. Ruiz may be the answer.
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