Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd told ‘club-record’ transfer is needed to tempt Barcelona into U-turn

Lewis Oldham
Arsenal target Fati

Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd are interested in Barcelona’s Ansu Fati but they have been told that they would need to pay a ‘club-record’ fee to sign him.

Fati is highly thought of at Barcelona but he has only been a bit-part player this term.

The 20-year-old has grabbed six goals and three assists this term but he has only started seven times in La Liga. Most recently, he was an unused substitute over the weekend as Xavi’s side beat Villarreal 1-0.

This has fuelled talk that he could make the move to the Premier League later this year. Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with him in recent days.

Journalist Ben Jacobs has provided an update and claimed that Fati ‘could cost somewhere in the region of €100m’ this summer.

‘Barcelona boss Xavi has come out and said that Ansu Fati is not for sale, but sometimes financial needs must,’ Jacobs wrote for Caught Offside.

‘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.’

Jacobs adds that Man Utd are the only Premier League club with ‘concrete historical interest in Fati’.

‘At this stage, we have Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal as the three Premier League clubs who are doing due diligence on Fati via the player side,’ Jacobs added.

‘I don’t think there’s as much to the Bayern Munich links. There is at least some encouragement, as I understand it, on the player side, that he is intrigued by the Premier League club but there remains firm discouragement from both Xavi and Joan Laporta: Fati is way down on the list of the players Barca wish to sell, so it would probably be a club-record offer for these teams to alter Barcelona’s thinking.

‘Fati may also play a part if, come May, he still feels like he’s owed more minutes.

‘It’s also worth noting that Manchester United are the club with a concrete historical interest in Fati, who they loved when he was a teenager a few years back.

‘But for now, until the club ownership situation becomes clearer, even if Erik ten Hag and the recruitment team like the player, they can’t really move before they know whose money they’re spending.’

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