Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona starlet Ilaix Moriba in this summer transfer window, but are now likely to face competition from Premier League rivals Spurs.
Mikel Arteta’s side have endured a nightmare start to the season, tasting back-to-back defeats and scoring a grand total of zero goals thus far.
With the transfer window winding down, the Gunners will no doubt be desperate to make some late moves in the market, and according to recent reports from 90min, they are one of several clubs interested in luring Moriba away from Camp Nou.
However, The Daily Mail have now claimed that Arsenal’s north London rivals Tottenham are also contemplating a move for the 18-year-old this summer.
Oscar Hernandez, who worked as a coach with Barcelona’s youth academy from 2007 until 2017, has raved about the kind of dynamism that Moriba brings to the table.
He said: “He has a quality that other No. 6s at Barca don’t have, though—he’s box-to-box. He’s very good in front of goal. He can pick up the ball and burst forward with it. He can create play. He’s good in the air. He’s very multifaceted. Apart from the fact that defensively he’s very aggressive. He’s a complete player.
“He is one of those players with characteristics to be on the first team. No doubt. He has extraordinary capacities, but let’s see.”
Denis Silva Puig, who coached Moriba on Barcelona’s Juvenil A team, has also raved about the teenager’s supreme footballing brain.
He said: “He’s physically very strong, but he’s also a very intelligent player. Most people don’t appreciate this. Here he’s called the ‘(Paul) Pogba of Barca’ because he’s like a young Pogba, but also he is very, very intelligent—and that is his big potential. He is a top player, no doubt.”
Given his age and ability, and the fact he comes from Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy – much like former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas – Moriba seems like the perfect signing to go with the Gunners’ recent recruitment of signing young players with high potential.
It’s exactly why news of the Gunners’ interest in the £22.5m-rated star is sure to have Arsenal fans buzzing. Arteta must simply beat Spurs to the signing of Moriba this summer.
It could well be the making of yet another Fabregas at the Emirates Stadium.