Chelsea have joined the big rush to sign Barcelona wonderkid Ilaix Moriba.
Manchester City and Juventus are reportedly in the running for the midfielder who has been dubbed as the next Paul Pogba.
Ilaix, 16, who has been training under Barcelona’s U19 squad was keened to make a decision, until Chelsea’s late bid for the teenager.
Talks had gone through the pipeline between the player’s agent and Chelsea’s director Marina Granovskaia, and according to Sports claim, the talks went well, given Chelsea an edge over the rest of the competition.
City had been tipped favourite to land the promising midfielder, until Chelsea walked in late into the bid.
Barcelona are strongly keen about keeping the youngster tied down at the Nou Camp, but with Chelsea pressing and Manchester City just behind them, it is unlikely they hold on to the player.
After progressing from the Catalans outfit La Massai academy, the Guinea international will have a hard time picking his next destination.
With Juventus still waiting in the wings, and a lot of youngster blooming in the Serie A, it is tempting offer on the table for. Moriba.
But the Guinea international will not make an hasty attempt to pick sides now. Moriba will weigh up the financial options place before him before making his move.