Man United interested in signing 18-year-old Spanish rising star

Ilaix Moriba could leave Barcelona this summer with the cub currently unwilling to meet his new deal demands. U19 Spain international has been with the Blaugrana since he was seven years old, progressing through the Catalan club’s La Masia academy and now regarded as one of Barcelona’s brightest talents.

Handed the first-team role by Ronald Koeman in winter, Ilaix went onto play 14 La Liga games last campaign while also attracting interest from clubs elsewhere in Europe. In March several teams were keen to prise Moriba away from the Catalan club, with Man United making a ‘firm offer’ to sign the midfielder.

The 18-year-old midfielder has recently ended his relationship with Stellar Group to switch to German agency Rogon, who are now representing the footballer in deal talks with his current contract ready to expire in June 2022.

La Liga giants are not impressed with the high demands of the Spanish midfielder’s new representatives. Given the club’s perilous financial situation, they have made it clear they will not agree to terms currently on the table. The report adds if Ilaix does not lower his demands, the club could be prepared to let him leave this summer.

Reports in April suggested Blaugrana’s interest in Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was cooling, with the club prepared to place their faith in Ilaix next campaign. However, Wijnaldum is now said to be close to signing for the Blaugrana once again, a move that could also have some bearing on Ilaix’s future at Barcelona.