Barcelona turned down a huge offer from Man Utd for their teenage superstar Ansu Fati, according to reports in Spain.
The 18-year-old has had an impressive breakthrough season at the Nou Camp last term, scoring seven goals in 24 league appearances. He also broke numerous records in the process.
Fati signed a new Barcelona deal in September that will keep him at the Spanish club until 2024 with his old contract running out at the end of the 2021/22 season.
His new deal has a €400m buy-out clause inserted to ward off any interest in their top talent, who has five goals and two assists in ten appearances in all competition this term.
Unfortunately his progress has been stunted this campaign with Fati picking up a serious knee injury in November which ruled him out for four months.
There has been a lot of talk about interest from clubs around Europe but especially Man Utd, who have apparently been ‘stalking’ the winger.
And now Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo have revealed that Man Utd made a bid worth €150m for Fati with ‘then president Josep Maria Bartomeu flatly refused to sell’.
The offer from Man Utd suggests his emergence last season ‘did not go unnoticed among the greats of football’ and Bartomeu realised his ‘great promise’.
Meanwhile, the Red Devils beat Real Sociedad 4-0 on Thursday night in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.
Bruno Fernandes’ brace complemented by Marcus Rashford and Daniel James in a 4-0 first-leg win in Turin and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with his side’s performance.
“We played well,” the United boss said. “We were more clinical in front of goal, of course, even though we had a few chances before we got the first one.
“But definitely when we got the second, the game opened up and we found ourselves in loads of space.”
Asked if he will make wholesale changes in the return leg at Old Trafford given progress to the last 16 is all but assured and they face a frantic fixture schedule, Solskjaer said: “No, we’ve got to take one game at a time.
“Of course we’ve got Newcastle first but we’ll put a strong team out because it’s about creating momentum.
“We’ve been through a difficult spell and I found tonight, or I thought we found ourselves a little bit tonight.
“I thought the boys had got that little bit of zip in their legs again so it was important to be able to take some players off.
“We still rotated the team. We’ll rotate, definitely, but, no, we’re not going to take the game lightly.”