Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba has been left out of Barcelona’s pre-season tour amid interest from Chelsea, according to 90min.
The highly rated 18 year old midfielder has one left on his contract and has stalled on extending his contract.
According to reports, the main reason for Moriba’s refusal to extend his contract is Barcelona’s refusal to match his wage demands.
Ilaix featured 18 times for Barcelona last season, increasing his status as one of the most exciting young players in world football, and it is claimed that he is keen to be financially compensated for that at a time at which teams from across Europe are willing to pay up to sign him.
Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the midfielder and could undoubtedly offer him a higher salary that Barcelona, whose focus is on cutting costs this season in an attempt to re-sign Lionel Messi.
Barcelona have tried to reach a compromise with Ilaix but have warned him that they cannot meet his current demands, and unless he agrees to a lower salary, he will be nowhere near the first team and could be left to rot for the next 12 months.