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Chelsea interested in young Barcelona sensation
Chelsea fc have reportedly entered the race to sign Barcelona sensation Ilaix Moriba following the 18-year-old’s ongoing contract amid.
The Blues are keeping an eye on Moriba, Say Mundo Deportivo. His current contract with Blaugrana expires in 2022. He was reportedly offered a new and ‘final’ deal by Barcelona, which he has yet to respond to.
The report claims Barcelona is frustrated by the length of time it takes to proceed with such negotiations, aware that Thomas Tuchel’s side is ready to work hard for the midfielder’s signature.
The Spanish outlet also claims that a £6million offer is being prepared by an undisclosed party, but a concrete offer has yet to be submitted.
The Spain Under-18 international has been told by his youth club that he cannot play for the Barca first team until he agrees to sign a new contract, despite his current contract still having one year left.
Moriba came over from Espanyol to La Masia in 2010, earning his stripes playing the different age groups before making his first team debut in a Copa Del Rey third round with a 2-0 win over UE Cornella.
He impressed, playing 18 games in all competitions, directly contributing to four goals.
Speaking to Bleacher Report, Dami Abella, former Barcelona defender, recalled seeing Moriba play for the first time when, as a scout, he watched Barcelona’s Juvenil B team play against rival Catalan club Mercantil.
The former Barcelona fullback, who raved about the midfielder’s ability, said: “When I saw this man, I immediately said, ‘Wow, he’s a very good player.’
“The opposing players were all about 17 or 18 years old. He was only 15 and the best player on the field. It was beautiful
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