Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Ilaix Moriba appears to have hit a brick wall.
Sky Sport Germany reporter Max Bielefeld has taken to Twitter this morning to claim that Moriba’s representatives informed Tottenham yesterday that they have decided that the player will instead be joining RB Leipzig for a fee in the region of €20m (£17.1m).
The Bundesliga outfit have targeted Moriba as a replacement for Marcel Sabitzer, who appears to be on his way to champions Bayern Munich.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that a Spanish source had informed them that an agreement with Tottenham was close and personal terms would not be an issue.
Tottenham managing director of football, Fabio Paratici, was in Barcelona to personally convince Moriba to move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Ilaix Moriba to RB Leipzig is looking more and more likely. The player’s side told Tottenham yesterday that they have made their choice to join the Bundesliga.
Moriba would be the replacement for Marcel Sabitzer. Fee around 20m€. #TransferUpdate
— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) August 29, 2021
It comes as a blow that Tottenham could not persuade the 18-year-old to make the move to the Premier League, having already signed Pape Matar Sarr, it appeared as if Spurs were looking to recruit highly-talented youngsters to bolster their midfield options for many seasons ahead.
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