Barça and Ilaix Moriba are deadlocked in negotiations over his contract renewal due to the player's refusal to accept the club's offer.
FC Barcelona has decided to punish the player due to his unwillingness to commit his future to the club. First, he was dropped down to Barça B for pre-season. Now, he has not even been called up for Barça B's first friendly of pre-season, due to be played against l'Escala.
Many European clubs are keeping tabs on Ilaix's current situation, whose contract expires next summer. They may offer double or even triple his current salary to convince the young midfielder to join the club. He currently earns around 2 million euros a year, which is far higher than his former team mates in Barça's 'Juvenil' age category.
In any case, Barça would prefer to sell the player as he is not willing to sign a new deal. This summer is the club's last opportunity to cash in on the player, which is crucial given its current financial situation. While he has a 100 million release clause in his contract, Barça fear that the player will leave on a free transfer next summer.
According to Transfermarkt, the midfielder's current market value stands at 25 million euros. However, Barça might be able to command even more for a transfer this summer.
Barça will not give in. If Ilaix decides to not sign a new deal, he could find himself spending next season playing in the 'Juvenil' side, which would surely have an impact on his future market value.