All’s fair in love, war and the transfer window.
Barcelona are finding this out the hard way after the announcement that they are over a billion Euros in debt and have a negative value of close to half a billion. We knew that the COVID-19 pandemic would hit some clubs harder than others, but nobody expected Barcelona to be one of them.
The Catalan giants find themselves in a position of having to raise funds as soon as they can, which means selling off assets as they hope and pray the Super League someone re-forms and gives them the injection of cash they desperately want. In an article today by football 365 (via 90min), Barcelona have been contacted by Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur regarding 18-year-old starlet Ilaix Moriba.
Barcelona have offered young midfielder Ilaix Moriba to multiple clubs this summer with his contract coming to an end, according to reports.
The former Spain under-17 international is out of contract at the end of June 2022 and could reportedly be sold this summer if negotiations do not result in a deal.
Barca may have tied him down to a new contract by now if it wasn’t for certain stipulations with one report back in June saying the Catalan giants ‘baulked’ at his excessive contract demands.
Those excessive demands? The midfielder wants a significant increase on his €13k/week wages. With just one year remaining on his deal, Barcelona are up against the wall. Moriba is an exciting youngster who seems to be ready for the next big step, but Barcelona have not given him a real opportunity. He’s played just 536 minutes of La Liga matches and it doesn’t appear he’s in Ronald Koeman’s plans early on. Yes, he’s still 18 but his stats are eye-popping.
Early reports suggest that a bid close to €20m could be enough and even that might be overbidding. Barcelona have little power here and face losing the midfielder on a free transfer. Spurs are still looking at strengthening their squad and getting an exciting young talent such as Moriba isn’t a move that perhaps pays off now, but could in a year or two.
There’s incredible irony that Barcelona are unwilling to throw money at a player to make them happy after years of doing just that. While Spurs are dealing with their own transfer saga involving Harry Kane, the club itself seems to be healthy and properly managed. Barcelona are in trouble and there isn’t a club in the world that won’t stop themselves from plucking young talent for cheap.
For now, this is just a lot of smoke. We’ll see if anything truly comes of it, but Moriba looks to be on the move. Why not give him a home in north London?