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Spurs to finalise move for midfielder in the 'next few hours'

Spurs to finalise move for Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba in the 'next few hours'
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Tottenham Hotspur are set to finalise their move for Barcelona young prospect Ilaix Moriba in the coming hours, with him edging closer to a move.

According to Foot Mercato, Barcelona starlet Moriba is getting closer and closer to sealing a move away from Spain, with the move to Spurs set to be completed soon.

Spurs have already signed young prospective midfielder Pape Sarr from FC Metz, with him being immediately loaned back out to the French club.

New Spurs director Fabio Paratici is on the hunt for another midfielder in Moriba, who is pushing for a move away from Spain.

The 18-year-old has reportedly been frozen out of the squad by Ronald Koeman after failing to agree on a contract extension with the Catalan giants, despite having a magnificent breakthrough in the Barcelona squad last season.

Reports on Friday claimed that while Moriba had agreed personal terms with German side RB Leipzig, the midfielder prefers moving to the Premier League to join Spurs this summer.

Foot Mercato have now reported that while Leipzig agreed on a deal with the midfielder's representatives, they do not want to pay a transfer fee for the remainder of Moriba's contract with Barca.

On the other hand, Spurs are willing to pay a fee of around €15 million plus bonuses for the La Masia product.

Additionally, the report also claims that Tottenham 'are in a good position to finalise the arrival' of Moriba.

Representatives from Spurs and Barcelona are set to meet today and the transfer could be completed quickly over the next few hours.

While Moriba performed very well at Barcelona last season, making 18 appearances in all competitions, even scoring a goal and providing three assists, the dire financial situation that the club is in, along with him wanting regular playing time, has resulted in him refusing to extend his contract with Barcelona, and there are serious questions about his future at Barca.

Signing Moriba could be a great decision from Spurs, as they look to rebuild their squad, especially with Moussa Sissoko leaving the club for Watford earlier this week, and Paratici is doing a fantastic job of shifting some older players out to bring in plenty of younger options.


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