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Report: Arsenal battling Tottenham to sign Spanish wonderkid; £86m release clause

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Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea are all battling to sign Barcelona wonderkid Ilaix Moriba, according to a report from El Gol Digital.

The teenager made his senior debut for the Catalans earlier this year and he has been the talk of the town since.

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He scored a stunner with his weaker foot against Osasuna earlier this month – a goal that made even Lionel Messi jump into his arms like a kid who had seen his hero score live for the first time.

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Barcelona have always known Moriba’s quality, but his recent performances have made the world stand up and take notice.

The youngster will have just a year left on his contract this summer.

Barcelona are trying really hard to extend his current deal which includes a mammoth £86 million (€100m) release clause (Football Espana), but English clubs’ interest could make things difficult.

Mikel Arteta has already showed the world that he isn’t afraid to give young players a chance. Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe have truly thrived under the Spaniard, and there is no reason why Moriba won’t if he joins us this summer.

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Arsenal Insider’s view:

Arsenal’s interest in a teenager as talented as Moriba is no surprise. We have always kept a close eye on wonderkids across the globe, and the Barcelona youngster certainly falls into that category.

However, it will be a surprise if we manage to sign him this summer.

Barcelona are the favourites to keep hold of Moriba, but even if they fail, there are other clubs who are in a much better financial position interested in his services, and they will likely win the race for him.

Arsenal shouldn’t be too fussed if we miss out on him. We have our own wonderkid in Miguel Azeez coming through the ranks and the teenager arguably has a higher ceiling than Moriba.

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