Chelsea planning surprise move for 18-year-old La Liga midfielder

Man City and Chelsea have both been in contact with the entourage of Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba. U19 Spain international is among Barcelona’s most talented teenagers but is being linked with a move away from the Nou Camp.

Considering Barcelona have been pumping out hugely talented footballers since time began, you can imagine clubs keep a keen eye on who’s up and coming and try and their luck to poach them.

In this case, it’s Man City and Chelsea who are looking to take advantage, with both of the PL heavyweights have been in touch with Ilaix’s representatives.

The report claims that Man City have offered to double what the teenager earns at Barcelona, which could prove to be a real headache for Joan Laporta, with the club in financial difficulty.

The concern for Ilaix would be that at neither Man City or Chelsea would there be a plausible pathway into the starting XI for him, while Ronald Koeman has proven himself willing to use Barcelona’s teenagers.

It could come down to a matter of what motivates the Spanish manager, whether it be getting minutes on the pitch or cash in the bank. We’ll find out what’s top of his list in due course, we imagine.