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Fresh concern for Barcelona as pair of PL clubs eyeing Ilaix Moriba

By Conor Laird

Published: July 22, 2021 5:06 pm

Last Updated: July 22, 2021 5:12 pm

 

Speculation stemming from the Spanish media over the last 24 hours has pointed towards the Premier League as a potential landing spot for Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba.

Blaugrana standout

Rumours surrounding the future of highly-regarded midfielder Moriba have come to the fore in a major way of late.

The 18-year-old, long viewed as one of the most promising up and coming talents at the Camp Nou, is a product of the club’s famed La Masia academy.

Moriba exploded onto the first-team picture last season, adding some much-needed cutting edge to Ronald Koeman’s ranks in the middle of the park over the 2nd-half of the season.

After being handed his senior bow in a La Liga meeting with Alaves back in February, the midfield all-rounder quickly notched an assist, paving the way for a further 16 appearances over the course of the season’s run-in.

His first-ever goal for the Blaugrana, versus Osasuna early in March, meanwhile, highlighted a number of Moriba’s impressive attacking traits:

Oh my word… brilliant from Ilaix Moriba! 😱

What a way for the 18-year-old to get his first goal for Barcelona 🔥 pic.twitter.com/S6t4JyilwE

— Premier Sports 📺 (@PremierSportsTV) March 6, 2021

Blues & Sky Blues keen

In turn, it is safe to say that recent reports doing the rounds in the media, pointing towards a potential Camp Nou exit for Moriba, have come as something of a concern for all associated with Barcelona.

Such uncertainty stems from the teen’s contract situation. Moriba has thus far knocked back Barca’s insistent renewal efforts, with the club, as a result, having responded by excluding their gifted young talent from all first-team activities.

And, as outlined above, on Thursday, a fresh update on the situation has been forthcoming.

As per a report from the Manchester Evening News, citing Spanish outlet Fichajes, a pair of Premier League clubs have…

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