An update has emerged on Wolves central midfield target Ilaix Moriba, regarding how much money Barcelona want for his services this month.
According to Spanish outlet ARA, via Molineux News, Barcelona are demanding £12.8m (€15m) for Wolves target Ilaix Moriba this month. The Spanish giants are yet to receive an acceptable offer for the youngster and have now outlined their valuation of his talents.
Bruno Lage must sanction a £12.8m deal for Moriba this month as it could represent a bargain for the club in the long run. The beast only turned 18 in January and has already made strides in the Barcelona first-team, suggesting that he has the potential to play at the very top level.
He has experience of playing in La Liga and the Champions League with Barcelona, having made 15 appearances for the first-team last season. The Spanish youth international has also been tipped by his former coach to progress further.
Speaking about Moriba and Konrad de la Fuente last year, Former Barcelona B manager Garcia Pimienta said that the pair have an incredible future in the game. He said: “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.”
This suggests that the 18-year-old has the potential to continue growing and developing as a player, which is why this £12.8m deal could end up being a bargain for Wolves. If they are able to bring him in and help him become a player capable of playing for a title-winning side regularly competing in the Champions League – as he has shown glimpes of at Barcelona – then they could either make a sizeable profit on him or have a fantastic player in their side.
Wolves have spent more money on 11 different players since 2017, which suggests that £12.8m would not be a massive loss for the club should the experiment fail. This is why Lage must take the gamble and sign Moriba, as it could end up being a snip at that price if he is able to live up to expectations in years to come.