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Barcelona 'to fend off Ilaix Moriba interest with new contract'

Barca 'to fend off Ilaix Moriba interest with new contract'
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Barcelona prepare to offer teenage midfielder Ilaix Moriba a new long-term contract, according to a report.

Barcelona are reportedly preparing to offer Ilaix Moriba a new long-term contract, with the Catalan outfit battling to keep hold of the talented youngster.

The 18-year-old, who made 18 first-team appearances for Barca during the 2020-21 campaign, only has one year left to run on his current deal at Camp Nou.

A recent report claimed that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea had been alerted to the fact that Ronald Koeman's side were considering selling the midfielder in the upcoming market.

However, according to Marca, the La Liga giants are desperate to keep hold of the teenager and are preparing to hold contract discussions with him in the coming week.

The report claims that Barca plan to offer Moriba a three or four-year deal, although the club's financial problems could make it difficult for them to meet his demands.

The Spain Under-18s international scored once and provided three assists in 14 La Liga outings last term.

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