Arsenal ‘galactico signing’ told ‘either he leaves or he doesn’t play’ in ‘meeting’ amid Man Utd links

Joe Williams
Arsenal transfer target Ansu Fati looks frrustrated
Ansu Fati has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Arsenal target Ansu Fati has been told that he won’t play for Barcelona if he doesn’t leave the club this summer, according to reports.

The Gunners could be on the lookout for a new forward this summer once they have sorted other priorities, like their pursuit of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

A report on ESPN last week claimed that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu want to sign two midfielders, a centre-back, a right-back and a forward this summer.

And there is good news in their potential pursuit of Fati from Barcelona with the Catalan giants completely set on selling the Spanish youngster this summer.

A report over the weekend linked Fati with Wolves and Manchester United with the forward preferring a move to the latter but the Red Devils may not offer a ‘very high’ amount because he’s had ‘little prominence’ lately.

Previously it has been claimed that Arsenal boss Arteta sees him as their ‘galactico signing’ this summer with Tottenham and Liverpool also linked in the past.

And now Spanish publication Nacional claims that Fati was told during a ‘meeting’ with Barcelona that ‘either he leaves or he doesn’t play’ next season.

Fati made an appearance in both of their final two matches of the La Liga season, scoring three goals in those two matches, but the ‘reality’ is that he’s had an underwhelming season at the Camp Nou.

And for that reason, as well as being a saleable asset, Fati now ‘has a foot and a half out of the club’ despite the Spain international ‘still clear that he wants to succeed at Barca’.

Because of that, Nacional insist that Fati’s transfer ‘soap opera promises to be one of the longest of the summer’ with Arsenal and other clubs told to pay at least €40m for his services, while other reports have claimed his price tag could be as much as €100m.

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Speaking earlier this year, CBS Sports journalist Ben Jacobs explained the situation surrounding Fati, he told Caught Offside: “Barcelona boss Xavi has come out and said that Ansu Fati is not for sale, but sometimes financial needs must. Any outgoings this summer will be against the backdrop of Barcelona’s need to cut their wage bill by €150-200m or bring in significant income.

“Fati is by no means one the highest earners at the club, but he’s still on an excellent wage and a young and talented forward who will command a healthy fee.

“Clubs from the Premier League have made contact on the player’s side, which is also why Barcelona are distancing themselves from the speculation because they are not the ones involved in any talks yet.

“It’s very plausible that Fati could cost somewhere in the region of €100m, which would be a club-record for many of the suitors interested and a big price compared to his form right now.

“A series of knee injuries seem to have affected his overall development. But Fati has still got all of the attributes to add goals, dynamism, creativity and versatility to either Barcelona or whatever club he moves on to next.

“For now, the player simply craves consistent game time. Last season he scored four goals in ten LaLiga games. This campaign he’s played 20 matches but only added three goals and hasn’t had as many minutes as he would have liked.

“Plus there’s massive pressure wearing the No.10 shirt at Barcelona and Fati hasn’t been as clinical or explosive as many predicted.

“So although Xavi has made it clear Barcelona are not entertaining a sale, the board are going to have to look at the numbers should offers become concrete since a clearout this summer may still be needed.

The last thing Barcelona want is to fall back into the perils of last summer when they had to consistently find cash injections by activating so-called ‘levers’ in order to go on a spending spree whilst remaining within very strict LaLiga rules.”