Chelsea and Manchester United are on red alert as Ilaix Moriba’s future at FC Barcelona appears to be in doubt.
A recent report from Defensa Central has shed light on the situation of Ilaix Moriba. The Barcelona youngster is facing an uncertain future at the club, with his contract expiring at the end of next season. The player’s camp is not fully committed towards renewing the contract, with a move to Real Madrid also being discussed as a possibility.
It has put the Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United on red alert as well. Barcelona president Joan Laporta is not averse to cashing in on Moriba either, given the fact that the club is in financial disarray and needs to sell unwanted assets, as means of transfer revenue.
Moriba, for one, could surely generate a lot of said revenue, as he is considered as one of the best players to come out of La Masia academy in recent years.
Although the central midfielder is yet to make his proper breakthrough at the senior stage, he is favoured by Ronald Koeman. The Dutchman believes in his talent and with his certain key players facing an uncertain future at the club, Moriba could potentially enjoy a more prominent role in the first-team.
Chelsea and Manchester United, though, are ready to cause tension between the two camps, in an attempt to fuel the possibility of a departure this summer.
The Blues, in particular, have already signalled their intent in the market following their success in the UEFA Champions League. Thomas Tuchel is keen on bolstering his options in the midfield unit, having already been linked with a move for Saul Niguez among many others.
Manchester United, too, are determined to add competition for Fred and Scott McTominay next season while finding a long-term replacement for the ageing Nemanja Matic is also a priority.
A player of Moriba’s calibre could certainly be a step towards securing the future for both these clubs, as well as Real Madrid, who might even emerge as the top contender for the Barcelona midfielder.
Los Blancos have recently announced Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach, so it will be interesting to see how their squad planning change in the summer.
One thing is for certain, though, Barcelona will try their best to keep hold of Ilaix Moriba, knowing they can’t simply let another talented academy product find success elsewhere, following the footsteps of players like Andre Onana, Dani Olmo and Takefusa Kubo.