Chelsea talks with Barcelona youngster Ilaix Moriba

Chelsea have held talks with Barcelona academy player Ilaix Moriba Kourouma and could sign the 16-year-old this month, reports Diario Sport.

The midfielder is one of La Masia’s brightest prospects and has put in a series of star appearances this year, including a hat-trick against Real Madrid's Juvenil B team in August.

The Guinea-born player most commonly plays in a playmaker role for Barca’s youth sides and has previously been linked with moves to Manchester City and Juventus.

He is now free to join other clubs after celebrating his 16th birthday on 19 January and Chelsea have reportedly been speaking to the player and his family.

Currently with Barca’s Under-19 side, earlier this month RAC1 claim there was a ‘big chance’ Illaix would join Juve while Barca executives have been instructed ‘to do everything possible’ to retain the player.

Image via Diario Sport

Tags Ilaix Moriba