An update has emerged on Barcelona beast Ilaix Moriba, regarding Wolves’ interest in a deal for him.
According to 90Min, Wolves are one of the clubs considering a swoop for Barcelona central midfielder Ilaix Moriba this month.
The report claims that the Spanish giants are looking to cash in on him now before losing him on a free transfer in 2022. Wolves, Everton, Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal are among the English clubs touted with him.
Not every signing is made with the intention of the player making an instant impact in the Premier League and this one could fall under that category. Take Fabio Silva as an example; he was not expecting Raul Jimenez to suffer the horrendous injury he did and his role last season would have been as a back-up to the Mexican whilst learning from him on the training pitch.
The Teenager scored four goals in 32 games and his inexperience showed. However, he should not be judged on that campaign as he is one for the future and this is how any potential deal for Moriba should also be viewed by the supporters.
Joao Moutinho turns 35 in September and may not have too many seasons left at the top level, which could offer a pathway for Moriba to progress. So, imagine the Barcelona man coming in and eventually taking over from the Portuguese international and forming a partnership with Ruben Neves (24) for years to come.
At the age of 18, Moriba could have a bright career ahead of him and Wolves could seal their midfield duo for the next six or seven years by bringing him in. He has 12 years before he even hits 30 and six for Neves is still an incredibly long time in football. Bruno Lage may not need to worry about his starting midfield for a while if the club can land him this month.
In terms of his quality, he comes highly recommended. Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman hailed the midfielder as being very strong last term, saying: “Ilaix scored a fantastic goal, it was an incredible goal and had a lot of impact on the match. He took advantage of the opportunities he had. He is very good at controlling the ball and he is a very strong player.”
Despite only turning 18 in January, the young talent was able to play 15 times for Barcelona across La Liga and the Champions League, scoring once and providing two assists. This shows that he has the potential to be a quality player in the future, as he has already been trusted to play first-team football for a major Spanish club.
It would then be down to Lage to help him fulfil that potential and form a special midfield partnership with Neves for years to come.