The Ilaix Moriba soap opera is reaching its conclusion but there are still episodes to be written. On Thursday, the teenage midfielder did not train with the Juvenil A side. Sources told SPORT he will not return to training until his situation is resolved.
The ball is in Barcelona's court. Last Thursday, the club sent their offer to his agents. It was a generous offer, financially and sporting. After analysing it, his agents replied with a counter offer. Barça asked for four or five days to take a decision.
Until that decision is made, Ilaix will not train with Barça to avoid injuyr. On Saturday, he turns 16 and can sign his first professional deal. Manchester City hoped to do a deal with him on Sunday but Barça's offer changed everything. If Barça now accept the conditions drawn up by his people, he will remain at the club.
Everything should be sorted by Monday, when his agents are in Barcelona. The Catalans are favourites, but City are still in the hunt.