Manchester United ‘are keeping tabs on Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba’, with wonderkid’s contract at the Nou Camp due to expire at the end of next season
- Manchester United and RB Leipzig are reported to be monitoring Ilaix Moriba
- The Barcelona teenager’s contract at the Nou Camp expires next year
- His father, also his agent, has stated it is their intention to remain with Barcelona
- Moriba has made four La Liga appearances and scored his first goal this month
Manchester United and RB Leipzig are among the clubs monitoring Barcelona teenager Ilaix Moriba should the teenager decide to leave Spain.
The 18-year-old, who already has a buy-out clause of £86m, has made four La Liga appearances this season, and came off the bench in the second leg of Barcelona’s Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Moriba’s contract at the Nou Camp expires in 2022, and while his father, also his agent, has said that as things stands it is the player’s intention to remain at the club, Mundo Deportivo report that Manchester United and Leipzig are both watching the situation keenly.
Barcelona teenager Ilaix Moriba is attracting attention with his contract running out in 2022
Manchester United are among the clubs keeping tabs on the 18-year-old and his situation
United are not the only English side interested though, with Chelsea also believed to be keeping tabs on Moriba should the La Liga giants be unable to tie the teenager down to a new deal.
Moriba, who scored his first La Liga goal earlier this month against Osasuna, joined Barcelona’s academy in 2010 and has been a highly-rated talent at every age group since.
As his youth contract at Barcelona came to an end in 2019, Moriba was on the receiving end of offers from several clubs, including Manchester City.
The midfielder scored his first La Liga goal earlier this month against Osasuna
Indeed, the youngster’s father, Mamady Kourouma, revealed it was only a late breakthrough in negotiations in Spain that prevented his son getting on a plane to England to sign a professional contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
‘We met with Txiki Begiristain [City’s sporting director] and he explained his entire project to us,’ Kourouma said.
‘We liked it because they bet a lot on him. A few weeks later we had the tickets to travel to Manchester and sign the contract.
‘I cancelled it the morning that we had to go there. I wanted Ilaix to be an example and a reference for the next generations of Barcelona.
”We managed to reach an agreement where we all came out winning.’
Moriba and his father met with Manchester City’s sporting director Txiki Begiristain in 2019
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