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Barcelona’s contract talks with Ilaix Moriba take ‘worrying turn’ - report

An agreement is still yet to be found

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Ilaix Moriba’s future at Barcelona continues to look increasingly uncertain with the latest update suggesting there’s been a “worrying turn” in negotiations between the two parties.

The club met the midfielder’s agents for further talks on Wednesday but it seems things did not go well and the two parties are now further apart, according to Diario Sport.

Barcelona have now decided to take a “step back” from the situation and the feeling is there is an unwillingness to negotiate from Moriba and his representatives.

The report suggests that Barca are actually starting to lose patience with the situation, particularly as the team is now well into their pre-season preparations.

The squad flew out to Germany on Wednesday without Ilaix for games against Stuttgart and Red Bull Salzburg. As it stands, the youngster looks set to miss the entire pre-season with the first team which allows others the chance to impress Ronald Koeman.

There’s a similar report in Ara that claims Moriba currently earns €1m a year at Barca and his agents are hoping to triple his wages. Such a pay rise would see the 18-year-old on the same salary level as Pedri.

Barca are said to be unwilling to accept the demands as yet but are said to be open to shortening the renewal which would allow the club to review his salary “in a couple of years from now” when Moriba is an established member of the first-team squad.