The story of Barcelona and Alex Moreba has finally come to a conclusion, with midfielder German Bundesliga agreeing a long-term deal with Red Bull Leipzig. The only problem is that the current contract with Leipzig has started in the summer of 2022.
Barcelona wanted to keep the Spanish Youth International, which emerged through the ranks at the famous La Masia Academy. He made 18 appearances under Ronald Koeman last season and was thought to be part of the manager’s plans for the next campaign.
However, the player’s representatives refused to extend Barcelona’s Moriba contract beyond 2022.
Barcelona have valued Moreba at around-15- € 20 million. (.8 12.8m- £ 17.1m) and has made it clear that midfielders will not lower their price next summer despite being available for free transfer. They are ready to stand up for the 2021-22 campaign if needed before seeing it in July next year.
Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur are said to be paying the asking price, but Moriba did not want to join the North London club. Instead, the 18-year-old has reached a five-year lucrative deal with Leipzig. According to Italian migration expert Fabrizio Romano.
“Tottenham are not currently in talks for Alex Moreba. RB Leipzig is working to complete the deal with Barcelona,” Romano wrote. “Ilaix Moriba’s agents already have a five-year contract with RB Leipzig for next year. Negotiations are underway to anticipate the deal.”
Initially, there were several reports claiming that Leipzig had made an offer in the region of € 6 million, which was rejected by Barcelona. Talks are underway between the two clubs, with an agreement expected to be reached before the transfer deadline on Tuesday.
Barcelona will hope that the funds raised from the sale of Moreba can help ease their financial woes, which has not only deprived them of Lionel Messi, but also helped them to register all their new signatures.