Interesting developments on the transfer market: According to Sport, wantaway Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba could become a key pawn in Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Marcel Sabitzer. Both Moriba and Sabitzer are represented by the same agents, who want to send the La Masia youth to RB Leipzig as a replacement for the Austrian, who is in the final year of his contract. Sabitzer has been heavily linked with Bayern in recent weeks.
Just to provide some background on these dealings — Ilaix Moriba is a Barcelona youth player who was extensively used by Ronald Koeman last season. After getting chances with the first team, his entourage began demanding a large wage increase to keep him at the club (the youngster’s contract expires next year). With the Catalans obviously suffering from numerous financial difficulties, talks between Moriba’s agents and the Barca board broke down several weeks ago. Now, the club are looking to sell him this window.