Manchester United are one of several Premier League clubs to have held talks with the representatives of Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba, according to reports.
What’s the story?
90min claim a host of English sides have been in dialogue over a possible summer transfer, with all of the traditional ‘Big Six’ being offered the highly-rated 18-year-old’s services.
Moriba has entered the final 12 months of his current contract at Camp Nou and has so far been unable to agree terms on a fresh deal with his boyhood club.
As a result, the teenager has been banished to the reserves this year, leaving Barca searching for a potential buyer so he doesn’t leave for free next summer.
Do United need Moriba?
Solskjaer would love him
Moriba only made his senior debut for the Blaugrana in January 2021 but quickly established himself as one of La Liga’s most exciting, young talents following a string of impressive performances.
His talents had been well-known within the club for many years, though, and former Barcelona B manager Garcia Pimienta showered him and Konrad de la Fuente in praise last summer.
“Both Ilaix and Konrad have been decisive. Ilaix has a lot of merit because he is a first-year youth, but Konrad is third, and in such an important match they have shown that they have an incredible future,” said Pimienta.
“Today, they have given a brutal performance. They have made a very complete match. This shows that they are competitive, winners, with Barca DNA and with a future to be in this club. Hopefully, in the future, they will be first-team players.”
However, financial difficulties and off-field issues have seen De la Fuente leave the Catalan giants for Marseille already in the current window, and now the £22.5m-rated Moriba could be set to follow him out of the exit door.
During his time at United, Solskjaer has returned to the club’s traditional premise of placing faith in young stars rising through the ranks.
The likes of Mason Greenwood, Brandon Williams and Dean Henderson have been rewarded with extended runs in the first-team setup under the Norwegian tactician over the last two-and-a-half years, and he would surely love to have another talented prodigy on his hands.
Whether United can get this deal over the line remains to be seen, but the supporters and Solskjaer alike will surely be hoping that an agreement can be met between the appropriate parties.
Given his age and potential, he appears to be a perfect fit for the United boss’ apparent desire to fill his team with promising young talents.