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Barcelona give up hope of Ilaix Moriba staying - report

The club are now waiting for offers to arrive

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Barcelona have reportedly given up hope that Ilaix Moriba will renew his contract at the Camp Nou and expect the teenager to depart this summer.

The midfielder’s contract expires in summer 2022 and Barca want him to renew or will sell to avoid seeing another player walk away as a free agent.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have been waiting for a response to their last offer for the last 10 days from Moriba and are now resigned to the fact he will depart.

The club feels that if he wanted to continue then a response would have been received or at least some kind of communication to try and continue negotiations.

Moriba has already been sent back down to Barca B to train and will now stay there and not play while the situation remains the same.

Indeed the club is “waiting for the midfielder’s agents to present them with an offer” which would allow Moriba to be sold before the close of the transfer window.

No offers have arrived yet but there is interest in the youngster. Chelsea are believed to have the strongest interest, while Manchester City are also mentioned as a possible destination.