Performances in the Europa League, a diligent presence at the Under-21s and a call-up to Spain’s main team mean the Braga player has a market. Braga does not close the door when leaving.
Abel Ruiz is one of the players named by Valencia, Spain as a possible target for the next transfer window. The 22-year-old striker isn’t having a brilliant season at Braga and isn’t always Carlos Carvalhal’s first choice, but he has some characteristics that appeal to the Spanish club.
Braga is not closing the door to a possible deal and intends to make a nice financial contribution, especially since the Spanish international, originally from Barcelona, appears to be the most expensive signing ever from Minho, having cost eight million euros. euros (the amount started to pay in July 2020 and extends until 2025).
Born in Almussafes, on the outskirts of Valencia, Abel Ruiz rightly started playing for the che emblem, having traveled between the ages of 6 and 12 through various stages of the youth ranks and then leaving for Barcelona. At Mestalla, they never lost sight of the player’s background and, during the last winter transfer window, Valencia even offered a loan to Braga, a modality that Levante, from the same city, also tried.
Salvador rejected both scenarios and was only willing to negotiate the sale of the striker, which made it impossible for the number 9 to leave. Now, after achieving a good Europa League, with three goals (two against Monaco and one at Rangers), Valencia are looking at Abel Ruiz again, seeing him as a player with potential and capable of confirming in Mestalla all the talent that augured him from an early age.
The recent call-up to Spain’s main national team and steady presence at the Under-21 side also means the Braga player has a market in the neighboring league and is also being watched by Italian stars.
Ruiz’s contract with Braga runs until June 2025 and comes with a release clause worth €45m, similarly Barcelona can buy the athlete for a slightly lower amount.
Big game trend
The 11 goals scored last season, assuming himself as the main scorer in the Portuguese Cup, whetted the appetite for the current campaign and Abel Ruiz even put the bar on 20 accurate shots, but the truth is that with five finishes, it’s a far cry from projection. Not being a pure 9, Ruiz often leaves the surface to create plays, make combinations or assists, as we have seen recently with FC Porto. This season, Carvalhal has almost always put the Spaniard in the big games and then brought in Vitinha for the final round.