Barcelona were quite disappointed to have failed to keep hold of Ilaix Moriba last summer. The midfielder was one of the most gifted players in the Barça academy at the time, but he refused to renew his contract and eventually left the club in the summer.
Moriba joined RB Leipzig for a fee of around €16 million. The youngster joined the German giants in search of a breakthrough in professional football, knowing his chances of doing so could be scuppered at Barcelona due to immense competition.
However, Moriba endured a forgettable debut campaign in the Bundesliga. After featuring in only 30 minutes of league football during the first half of the season, he was shipped to Valencia in January on a short-term loan deal.
The 19-year-old was able to establish himself as a first-team regular at Valencia during the end phase of the campaign. But his performances were not enough to convince RB Leipzig.
The Bundesliga giants are now set to offload the youngster this summer, with Ajax prepared to seal his services. The move is nearing its completion, with the Dutch giants expected to fork out €22 million for the player.
Mundo Deportivo has now put out a report claiming Barcelona are set for a financial boost following Moriba’s impending arrival at Ajax.
It appears the Catalans had reportedly inserted a 10% sell-on clause in Moriba’s contract at RB Leipzig. It means they are entitled to a figure of around €2.2 million should the youngster’s proposed move to Ajax take place.
Albeit meagre, it is a welcome boost for a club struggling economically amid growing workforce expenses, though Barça are also expected to generate up to €800 million with the sale of BLM and a quarter of the TV rights.