Monday, January 18, 2021

Barcelona agree to departure of another young forward after Carles Perez transfer

Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with Roma ahead to the Italian Capital.

Roma have agreed on a deal to sign Barcelona winger Carles Perez on loan till the end of the season. The player has already arrived in Rome to complete his medical ahead of a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Giallorossi. The fee is reported to be in the region of €13 m with no buy-back option included. Carles has bagged two goals and three assists in 12 first-team appearances for the Catalans this season.

Perez renewed his contract until 2024 just four months before he was no longer in Quique Setien’s plans. Roma targeted the 21-year-old as a replacement for talismanic figure Nicolo Zaniolo. Zaniolo will miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Roma were not the club interested in the winger but Barcelona wanted to seal the deal rather sooner than later.

Barcelona look set to wave goodbye to another young player in this January transfer window.

Barcelona are reportedly willing to let Abel Ruiz leave the club in the January transfer window. Ruiz made his La Liga debut for the Spanish champions in May. The 19-year-old, however, has not managed a single minute of first-team action in 2019-20. The lack of first-team minutes at the Catalan giants has reportedly prompted the youngster to look for opportunities elsewhere.

The latest reports suggest Abel Ruiz will join Sporting Braga before the close of the transfer window. The player will travel to the club for his medical ahead of a potential loan deal with an option to buy, as per Mundo Deportivo. Ruiz will sign a five-year deal with the Portuguese side who are sixth in the Primeira Liga table. Barcelona will reportedly have a buy-back clause for up to three years.

The deal will make the striker the Portuguese club’s record signing. The 21-year-old was hoping to make the break into the Barcelona senior squad this season. The thought process, however, didn’t work out as he remained in the B team despite injuries to first-team players. He has scored three goals in 19 league appearances for Barca B team this season. He also has established himself as a U-21 forward at the international level.

Ruiz said back in November that he always wanted to be at Barca but could look elsewhere for opportunities. “I want to be in Barcelona, but if you don’t enjoy the opportunities you want, you have to look for them elsewhere,” Ruiz told press agency AFE. “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,” he had added.

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