BARCELONA president Joan Laporta has revealed the club are willing to part company with Ilaix Moriba.
Moriba’s representatives are currently in talks with the La Liga giants over a new contract at the Nou Camp.
But according to reports, the 18-year-old’s reps have made a series of outrageous demands to the club – who are still in dire financial straits.
Barca are eager to retain the Guinean-born Spaniard’s services, but Laporta insists the club won’t be held to ransom.
He said: “We will try to make sure that his case is not repeated anymore.
“He has one year left on his contract and does not want to accept the club’s conditions.
“We do not accept that and we want to send a message to the team.
“If you do not want to renew, we have other solutions. What we don’t want our players made at La Masia who don’t want to renew.
If he wants to go and it’s because he has other options, he can leave the club
Joan Laporta on Ilaix Moriba
“He’s a player we’ve given opportunities, but the club is above all. I would like you [Moriba] to think again.
“We cannot allow him to be promoted and then leave. We won’t accept that with any player.
“If he wants to go and it’s because he has other options, he can leave the club”.
The Blues, who have only made one signing this summer, are reportedly interested in bringing Moriba to Stamford Bridge.
And Barca’s willingness to offload the midfielder could see them acquire his services for a reasonable fee.
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Moriba, who has drawn comparisons to Manchester United and France international Paul Pogba, graduated from Barcelona’s infamous La Masia academy last season – making his first-team debut in January.
A further 13 appearances in all competitions followed for the youngster, who found the back of the net against Osasuna in March.
Barcelona will begin their La Liga campaign a week on Sunday, welcoming Real Sociedad to the Nou Camp.
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