Barcelona and Ilaix Moriba’s representatives had been negotiating a renewal for almost two months, but an agreement is not at all close between the parties.
Many offers were proposed on the table by the club, but neither of them have been able to satisfy Moriba’s agents — a situation which creates a lot of uncertainty around the player’s future, whose will was to stay and renew his contract.
Barcelona had set 8th August as the deadline for the situation to be resolved. Lo and behold, it’s 18th August today and Moriba’s future in Spain looks to be getting increasingly further away. The club confirmed that it would take matters into their own hands, should the situation not get resolved by the deadline.
With the Catalan club not intending to make any further proposals, they are ready to hear offers for Moriba. As far as the asking price is concerned, they want around €15-20m. Many clubs from England are keeping their tabs on the situation, with Chelsea being one of them. In Germany, RB Leipzig have shown a concrete interest in the 18-year-old midfielder.
The situation is tense and the club won’t be flexible with him. If Ilaix Moriba doesn’t end up leaving in these final two weeks of the window, it is very likely that the player will not only miss games with the first-team but with the B team as well. He will just train and spend the season in the stands, something he is reportedly willing to do.
President Joan Laporta addressed his situation during Emerson Royal’s presentation and had made his thoughts very clear: “We will try to make sure that his case is not repeated anymore. He has one year left on his contract and does not want to accept the club’s conditions. We do not accept that and we want to send a message to the team. If you do not want to renew, there are other solutions.
“What we don’t want are players made at La Masia who don’t want to renew. He’s a player we’ve given opportunities, but the club is above all. I would like you [Moriba] to think again. We cannot allow him to be promoted [to the first-team] and then leave. We won’t accept that with any player.”