Manchester City have launched a bid for Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz.

The 21-year-old Catalan spent time with Barcelona as youngster, but he moved onto Espanyol and progressed through their youth set-up.

It's understood City have opened talks with Espanyol over a fee for Ruiz.

City are believed to be ready to offer €9million for the player, who has a buy-out clause of €12million - but they do not look likely to go that high.

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