Official: FC Barcelona confirm R275m exit of Ilaix Moriba


FC Barcelona have confirmed the departure of Ilaix Moriba on a permanent transfer. 

La Masia academy graduate Moriba has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a four-year deal, with an option of an extra year, for a reported fee of €16 million (R275 million), plus €6 million (R102 million) in add-ons. 

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After several attempts to get the youngster to sign a new contract at the Camp Nou, Barca were unable to reach an agreement with the player, and the club has now decided to cash in on the highly-rated youngster. 

Moriba, who is understood to have completed a medical in Germany on Monday after being granted permission by the Blaugrana, was linked with several clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester City, before opting for a move to the Bundesliga.

"FC Barcelona and RB Leipzig have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Ilaix Moriba for 16 million euros plus 6 million euros in variables. Furthermore, the Club reserves the right to 10% of any future sale of the player," a statement from the Blaugrana read.

"FC Barcelona would like to publicly thank Ilaix Moriba for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the best for the future."

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The 18-year-old made 17 appearances across LaLiga and the Copa del Rey in his debut campaign for Barca last season. 

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