Football Club Barcelona are so often used to being the suitors of Europe’s brightest talents with the world renowned La Masia youth set-up being a destination many dreams of reaching.
But despite the fact that once you leave Barca the only way is inevitably down, Barcelona were on the cusp of losing one of their brightest young talents to European rivals.
Wonder-kid Ilaix Moriba, who has been compared to none other than Yaya Touré was attracting strong interest from notorious talent poachers Manchester City who were confident they could lure him away from Spain.
On Monday, City were believed to be close to signing the midfielder who turns 16 on Saturday, but it now appears that the youngster has had a change of heart.
Considered to be the next one off the production line at Barcelona, Ilaix’s skill set has been described as perfect for English football with City keen to stock-pile elite young players, without offering a route to first team football.
Barcelona responded promptly to the rumours and have made a significantly large offer to him and his family, resulting in him rejecting both City and Juventus, who were extremely keen to lure him away.
One factor that Ilaix should consider is the proven path to first team football outlined at Barcelona, he should look over to the Etihad to see both Jadon Sancho and Brahim Diaz both snubbed in favour of big money signings.