FC Barcelona is in transition, and youngsters are the biggest beneficiaries of the club’s situation. During this time of economic turmoil, the club has found it to be a necessity to turn to the academy players as resources.
Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza are just some of the players to have benefitted from the situation. However, Ilaix Moriba was one player who decided to leave the club despite being an established first-choice off the bench for the Catalan side.
Gerard Pique had cautioned the teenager against leaving the club, but Moriba chose to follow the big-money offer. Barcelona were unwilling to meet the teenager’s expectations of a large salary, but he did not budge. Amidst the chaos, he departed Barcelona on deadline day.
At RB Leipzig, Moriba has managed only 49 minutes of action across competitions so far. He is frustrated with his situation in Germany.
According to reports from El Nacional, the youngster is now willing to pay out from his pocket to make a move back possible.
Xavi Hernandez is likely to return to Barcelona as the new manager and will undoubtedly look to the academy players. However, the Catalan midfield is overcrowded in talents. Frenkie de Jong, Gavi, Nico, Puig and Pedri all compete for just two starting spots. That said, there is no necessity for Moriba at Barcelona.
However, given how things ended for Moriba with the club, a return looks unlikely. Joan Laporta tried his best to keep the youngster at Camp Nou, but he did not heed. Now, the situation is unlikely to reverse.