19-year-old Barcelona striker Abel Ruiz is set to meet with club officials to discuss the possibility of a January exit from the Camp Nou.

Ruiz had hoped to break through to the first team in the near future, but he has found himself tumbling down the pecking order with the club's B team, managing just three goals in 13 appearances.

Abel Ruiz

​Mundo Deportivo state that neither Ruiz nor ​Barcelona are particularly happy with the current situation. The club rejected the chance to loan him out during the summer as they had high hopes for him, but things just have not worked out.

Ansu Fati and Carles Pérez have soared past him into Ernesto Valverde's first team, and his struggles to even hold down a regular place for the reserves has left Ruiz adamant that he needs to leave the club.

Sporting CP are said to have presented the most intriguing proposal during the summer, although there is no mention of whether the Portuguese side would be interested this time around.

A loan departure is a possibility, while a permanent deal with a buy-back clause is also suggested, so it seems like Barcelona are not ready to completely give up on Ruiz just yet.

The teenager was once touted as one of the brightest stars in the club's academy, and club officials seemingly feel that he does still have what it takes to fulfil that potential, but he will not be able to do so in Barcelona.

Abel Ruiz

With ​Luis Suárez still the starting striker for the first team, opportunities were always going to be limited for Ruiz this season. However, with La Blaugrana working so hard to bring in a new, young striker, it seems that game time will soon become even harder to come by.

​Inter's Lautaro Martínez is thought to be near the top of Barcelona's wish list, and such an expensive move would almost certainly bring an end to any hopes Ruiz may have of making an impact at the club.

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