Tottenham and RB Leipzig in the hunt for £13m-rated Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba after the 18-year-old stalled on signing a new contract and is now frozen out of the first-team AND the Spanish giants’ B side
- Barcelona felt they could not Ilaix Moriba’s demands after holding summer talks
- The teenager is a Spain youth international and made his first-team bow this year
- Moriba started against Alaves on his debut and claimed an assist in that match
- He then scored his first Barcelona goal against Osasuna just a few weeks later
- Moriba featured 14 times under Ronald Koeman, but is now set to leave Spain
Tottenham are set to hold further talks this weekend over a move for Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba.
Spurs and RB Leipzig have now emerged as frontrunners to sign the exciting 18-year-old midfielder who could leave the Nou Camp club before next Tuesday’s transfer deadline.
Moriba’s representatives had been in talks over a new deal, but negotiations stalled with the two parties failing to agree on the players’ wage demands in June as Moriba was sidelined from the first-team picture and hasn’t even been selected by Barcelona B since.
Ilaix Moriba is wanted by Tottenham and RB Leipzig having been frozen out at Barcelona
Barcelona are now preparing to listen to offers for the £13m-rated, Guinea-born Spain youth international, who has one year left on his current contract.
Moriba made his debut as a 16-year-old for Barca’s B side under the tutelage of Garcia Pimienta, featuring regularly before scoring his first goal for the club’s second-string team against Llagostera in a 3-2 win in March 2020.
Moriba scored his first Barcelona goal away at Osasuna in March this year with a stylish finish
He was then called up to the first-team squad for the 4-0 win at Granada in January this year.
Although he didn’t feature, he remained in Ronald Koeman’s thinking and several further call-ups, he made his debut as a starter on February 13, playing for 64 minutes against Alaves and even setting up the opener for Trincao, now at Wolves.
That strike came just a few weeks after the young midfielder made his debut against Alaves
March 6 saw Moriba make score his first Barcelona goal as Lionel Messi laid a pass off for the teenager to switch the ball onto his left foot before rifling home from 20 yards to seal a 2-0 win against Osasuna.
In total, Moriba featured 14 times for Koeman last term and steadily grew into a constant presence in the Barca matchday side.
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