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Arsenal have reportedly joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the race to sign Abel Ruiz from Barcelona, with the youngster available for just £3 million.
According to The Mirror, Barcelona have opened contract talks with the player to avoid losing him cheaply, but the Premier League trio are monitoring developments closely.
The teenager also proved to be a revelation in the Under-17 European Championship played in Croatia last May, as helping Spain to win the tournament after he scored four goals in six matches.
Ruiz is being tipped as one of the next to come through the ranks at Barcelona after impressing at the U-17 World Cup for Spain as he scored a brace in Spain’s 4-0 victory against Niger
The youngster’s current deal expires in summer of 2019 and Blaugrana are keen to increase the release clause.
He has settled a reputation as one of the main jewels of the Barcelona academy since being recruited from Valencia in 2012.
The report claim that the player has made it clear he would like to remain with the La Liga giants, but has doubts about his first-team chances going forward.
Ruiz could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Gerard Pique and Hector Bellerin in leaving Spain for the Premier League at a very young age.