Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are not currently in talks with Barcelona for midfielder Ilaix Moriba.
Spurs announced the capture of Pape Matar Sarr from Metz last week, with the youngster being loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the season.
If reports are to be believed, the North London club wish to add more reinforcements in central midfield before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday.
Moriba, who impressed after breaking into Barcelona’s first team in January is thought to be among the names on Fabio Paratici’s radar.
The 18-year-old has been frozen out from Ronald Koeman’s first-team plans after failing to agree on a contract extension with the Catalan club.
Sources from Spain claimed a few days ago that the Lilywhites were trying to strike a €20m (£17.1m) for the La Masia graduate, even though RB Leipzig had agreed on personal terms with the midfielder.
Romano has now revealed that Spurs are not in talks with Barcelona for Moriba, with Leipzig now attempting to hammer out an agreement for the teenager.
Ilaix Moriba’s agents already have an agreement on a five-years contract with RB Leipzig for next year. Talks to anticipate the deal.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 29, 2021
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I suspect one of the reasons why Spurs might have stepped back from negotiations for Moriba is due to our inability to shift Tanguy Ndombele. The Frenchman now looks likely to stay and Nuno might well decide to reintegrate him back into the team.
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