Barcelona’s Ilaix Moriba has entered his final year of contract and hasn’t agreed to sign a new deal so far.
The British press reported the midfielder is on Manchester City’s radar, who are willing to offer him an annual salary of €6m.
AS looked at the claims made in England and provide their own information on this. They say the La Liga side want to renew the player’s contract, but are unwilling to meet the demands made by the 18-year-old.
Joan Laporta, who needs to lower the club’s wage bill, ‘has been inflexible’. The report states ‘with Ilaix there have been no contemplations’ and ‘the situation is tense’ since he’s made to train away from the first team.
Moriba is eligible to play in the Premier League and clubs in England, like City, want to take advantage of his situation at Barca. AS add his agent has received ‘two important calls’ and one of them could have been from the Etihad club.
Sport also partly echoes claims made by AS and adds Pep Guardiola’s side contacted the player’s representatives to find out the ‘real and the first-hand situation’ of their client’s relationship with the Catalan club.
As things stand, Moriba doesn’t want to extend with Barcelona and is ‘very upset’ with the club’s decision to leave him out of the first team training sessions for not signing an extension.
City showed interested in Moriba in the past and this was revealed by the player’s father in April.
The English champions are in the picture to sign their old target and can take advantage of his contract situation to get him for cheap this summer.