Barcelona ‘could’ end ‘the chase’ of Georginio Wijnaldum to spend more time with youth star Ilaix Moriba

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Barcelona ‘could end their pursuit’ of Liverpool star Georginio Wijnaldum ‘if they’ consider handing over the role of the first team ‘to teenage prodigy Ilaix Moriba from next season.

  • Georginio Wijnaldum has been a target for Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman
  • The Dutch midfielder sees his contract with Liverpool expire this summer
  • Barcelona could drop their interest in Dutch midfielder Wijnaldum
  • The club is enthusiastic about youth star Ilaix Moriba who has made an impression this season

According to reports, Barcelona could end their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and instead give more playing time to youth star Ilaix Moriba.

The Dutch midfielder, whose deal on Anfield expires at the end of the season, has been a target for Ronald Koeman since taking over at Nou Camp last summer and talks have reportedly been held about a free transfer.

Sky Sports have reported that Wijnaldum is awaiting a bid while new club chairman Joan Laporta assesses the club’s financial position, with the LaLiga giants reportedly having debts in excess of £ 1 billion.

Barcelona could end their interest in future free agent Georginio Wijnaldum

Barcelona could end their interest in future free agent Georginio Wijnaldum

Youngster Ilaix Moriba has made an impression for Barcelona and could be given regular playing time

Youngster Ilaix Moriba has made an impression for Barcelona and could be given regular playing time

Youngster Ilaix Moriba has made an impression for Barcelona and could be given regular playing time

However, it is added that Laporta officials are debating with Koeman’s coaching staff whether to permanently promote Moriba after an impressive breakthrough season.

Moriba has worked with the Catalan giants since he was seven years old, progressed through the club’s La Masia academy and is now considered one of the club’s brightest talents.

The 18-year-old midfielder made his Copa del Rey debut in January and then his LaLiga debut came less than a month later when he assisted in a goal against Alaves.

Joan Laporta would like Barcelona to focus on the development of the club's La Masia graduates

Joan Laporta would like Barcelona to focus on the development of the club's La Masia graduates

Joan Laporta would like Barcelona to focus on the development of the club’s La Masia graduates

Since then, he has scored against Osasuna in the league, while creating assists in matches against Sevilla and Real Sociedad.

Laporta is believed to be keen to see Barcelona return to their roots and focus on developing their La Masia talents into key figures of the first team.

The decision would blow any hope Wijnaldum would have of reuniting with his former Dutch national team coach Koeman this summer.

However, Wijnaldum is seen as an integral asset to Liverpool and the club could still look to sign him to a new extension.

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