Chelsea join race to sign 18-year-old Spanish rising star

Chelsea and Man United are on red alert as Ilaix Moriba’s future at Barcelona appears to be in doubt. Ilaix is facing an uncertain future at the Blaugrana, with his deal expiring at the end of the next campaign. Moriba’s camp is not fully committed to renewing the deal, with a move to Real Madrid also being discussed as a possibility.

It has put the PL giants Chelsea and Man United on red alert as well. Barcelona president Joan Laporta is not averse to cashing in on U19 Spain international either, given the fact that the Catalan club is in financial disarray and needs to sell unwanted assets, as means of transfer revenue.

The Spaniard, for one, could surely generate a lot of said revenue, as he is considered as one of the best footballers to come out of La Masia academy in recent years. Although the 18-year-old 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 crucial footballers facing an uncertain future at the club, Ilaix could possibly enjoy a more prominent role in the first team. Chelsea and Man United, though, are set to cause tension between the two camps, in an attempt to fuel the possibility of a departure this summer.

The London giants, in particular, have already signalled their intent in the market following their success in the UCL. Thomas Tuchel is keen on strengthening his options in the midfield unit, having already been linked with a move for Saul Niguez among many others.