Bryan Ruiz is set to have a medical on Monday ahead of his proposed move to Sporting Lisbon, according to reports from Portugal this evening.
The Fulham playmaker, whose contract was extended last month for the purpose of trying to secure a fee for his services, is currently preparing for the start of the Gold Cup with his Costa Rican team-mates. Fulham and Sporting have agreed a fee – believed to be in the region of €2 million – for Ruiz, who has spoken favourably about the prospect of joining the Portuguese side.
Ruiz, who was close to leaving Fulham in the January transfer window, could never quite replicate the form with FC Twente that persuaded Fulham to part with around £11m for his services at Craven Cottage. The Costa Rican captain scored thirteen goals in 107 appearances during his four years with the club.
Fulham and Sporting Lisbon have reached an agreement over the transfer of attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz, according to reports in the Portuguese press this afternoon.
A Bola is reporting that the two clubs have agreed a fee for a permanent transfer of the Costa Rican international, believed to be around €2 million, and are now waiting on an indication from Ruiz as to whether he would be willing to make the move. Fulham extended the 29 year-old’s contract at the end of last season in bid to prevent their playmaker from leaving for nothing, but were not seriously expecting to be able to keep hold of the player for the start of the second Championship campaign.
Ruiz, who starred as Costa Rica reached the quarter finals of the World Cup in Brazil two years ago, scored eight goals in 33 appearances for Fulham last season having been left out of the club’s plans by former boss Felix Magath. He has previously spoken highly of a possible move to Sporting and missed out on a potential move to Levante during the January transfer window. Ruiz is currently preparing for the Gold Cup in Canada and the United States with Costa Rica.
Sporting Lisbon are confident of finalising a deal to sign Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz in the next few days, according to reports from Portugal.
The Costa Rican international was widely expected to leave Craven Cottage at the end of the month, but Fulham exercised an option in his last contract to trigger a one-year extension in an effort to recoup some more for one of their highly-rated assets. The 29 year-old had been set to sign for Levante on loan in January only for the paperwork not to be completed in time, which saw Ruiz remain in London make 32 appearances for Fulham in the Championship last season.
Ruiz rarely managed to hit the heights he achieved so effortlessly in helping FC Twente win the Dutch title in 2011 after signing for a reported £11m that August. He had been thought to be a certainty to leave London after starring in Costa Rica’s run to the World Cup quarter finals last summer, but a bid matching Fulham’s valuation never materialised. He was reintegrated into the Fulham when Kit Symons replaced Felix Magath at the helm and scored eight goals with five assists during what was a truncated season.
Sporting Lisbon, who finished third in the Portuguese league last term and have the prospect of a Champions’ League qualifier to come, are hopeful of concluding a deal which would be worth around €2 million by the end of this week, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
Fulham manager Kit Symons has defended the club’s decision to tie down wantaway midfielder Bryan Ruiz to a new deal and expects the player to act professionally.
The Costa Rican featured 32 times for the Cottagers last season and was expected to be released when his contract expires in the summer.
However, the Whites took up the option of extending his deal for another year meaning that clubs would need to buy the player rather than allowing him to walk away for free.
A loan move to La Liga outfit Levante was scuppered by red tape in February, and Ruiz has been monitored by a number of Dutch outfit such as PSV Eindhoven.
Palermo and Valencia also looked the possibility of taking the World Cup star last season.
Symons is playing hardball though and is not prepared to take a £10.6million hit on the man who arrived in west London in August 2011 and expects Ruiz to honour his contract.
“The business and the football side need to come together,” he told the club’s website. “Bryan was an expensive acquisition for us and on a business model we didn’t just want him to walk away for nothing. Bryan didn’t want to be here last season and he doesn’t want to be here now, he’s made that clear, but he’s a very good player for this football club and we can’t afford to let people just walk away. He’s a professional, he’ll come back here and acquit himself well and be another good player for my squad.”
Fulham have taken up the option of extending Brian Ruiz’s contract by an extra year.
The Costa Rica forward, 29, looked to be on his way out of Craven Cottage in January when he agreed a loan move to Spanish side Levante.
But Fifa refused to ratify the move as not all of the paperwork was completed before the transfer window closed.
He returned to make a further 12 appearances in the latter half of the campaign, ending with five goals in 32 games in all competitions.