There might be a chance to sign Ilaix Moriba from Barcelona, according to reports. If true, Liverpool should be taking advantage.
Sport claims Barcelona are in a tough spot with Ilaix Moriba. They want to tie him down long term but the player is resistant.
He’s rejected their latest offer, even though he already earns far more than most players his age. The 18-year-old is on £1.7m-a-year, which is beyond his peers at Barcelona.
Making things difficult is the Catalonians financial situation. As detailed by the Athletic here, they need to make drastic cuts to their wage bill.
Paying lots of money to an 18-year-old who isn’t Pedri, then, won’t be easy.
And to gauge just how badly Barcelona have taken all of this, consider that they’ve relegated Moriba to their B team. In fact, he’s sort of below their B team now as they’re not even using him in friendlies.
This is a player who, per Mundo Deportivo, they wanted to prioritise ahead of Gini Wijnaldum. That’s quite a fall in a few months.
And it’s a fall Liverpool should take advantage of.
Moriba is a wonderful young talent. He can win tackles and interceptions, create chances, and his ability to keep the ball is fantastic.
He really could become a Wijnaldum-type player, as Barcelona thought. So who better for Liverpool to replace the Dutchman with?
The Reds don’t need an immediate star, after all, as Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson will be their first-choice midfield. Naby Keita, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones are wonderful backup, too.
So Moriba could come in as the future. He’d get games, as Jones did last season, and develop alongside the Scouser. That sounds like a very promising midfield to us.
Moriba isn’t Pedri levels of ready but he’s still capable of playing at the top level. His £85m release clause almost certainly won’t come into play, either, if Barcelona are forced to sell.
So this could be a chance to sign a hugely promising young player to add to the squad. It’s an opportunity we think Liverpool should take.