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Sporting CP in advanced talks to sign Barcelona striker Abel Ruiz

Sporting CP are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona striker Abel Ruiz.

Sport says Ruiz is set to leave Barcelona in the coming days and join the Portuguese side Sporting on an 18-month loan deal.

He will become the third player to leave the club this month, following the departures of Carles Aleña (Real Betis) and Jean-Clair Todibo (Schalke 04).

Ruiz, 19, played for Barça B on Sunday but is now finalising his move to Sporting, with negotiations ongoing throughout the last week.

The Spain U21 attacker will head to Portugal on loan until June 2021, with the clubs still negotiating how much the option to buy at the end -- and Barça's option to buy back -- will be.

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