Whilst the imminent departure of Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig will be a wound that will take time to heal for Barcelona and their fans, the club will at least hold on to a sell-on clause, according to Sport.
The Spanish publication detail that Barcelona will be entitled to 10% of any future sale of the wonderkid, which should provide the cash-strapped outfit with a windfall if Moriba impresses at Leipzig and is snapped up by a bigger club.
Moriba has found himself on the way out after rejecting a new contract proposal from Barcelona and he faced the prospect of sitting on the sidelines for an entire year if an exit wasn’t sorted, per Sport.
It’s an unfortunate fallout for Barcelona and the player after a remarkable breakthrough season for Moriba that saw him start in five of his 18 appearances for the first-team.
Sport report that the Catalan outfit will be paid an initial, guaranteed fee of €16m for the central midfielder in a deal that also includes a further €3m in potential add-ons.
Moriba is already in Leipzig:
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Moriba showed that he could provide a creative spark for Ronald Koeman’s side when he burst through last season, contributing three assists from midfield.
The Spain youth international is exactly the kind of exciting addition that Leipzig need to bolster their midfield with after losing key man Marcel Sabitzer to Bayern Munich.
Sport add that Moriba will sign a five-year contract with the Bundesliga club, one that will meet the economic demands that Barcelona were seemingly unwilling to agree to.
Barcelona will be kicking themselves after losing such a gifted talent, it seems like the bad news has just been piling on for the Blaugrana in recent years.
Leipzig pipped Tottenham Hotspur to the post to recruit Moriba, per Max Bielefeld of Sky Germany.