Barca reveal stance as Man United come to £89m ‘acceptance’

Date published: Saturday 13th June 2020 11:47 - Matthew Stead

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Barcelona have ruled out the prospect of selling Manchester United target Ansu Fati this summer.

Fati has been the subject of a reported £89m bid from Old Trafford, with a further ‘dizzying’ offer prepared.

The 17-year-old, who has made 24 appearances in his breakthrough season at the Nou Camp, signed a new two-year contract with a €170m release clause in December.

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Barca are even reported to want to extend that deal to 2024 with a €400m release clause as soon as Fati is officially promoted from the club’s B team.

But Barca director Xavier Vilajoana suggests no such negotiations are in the works.

“I think he’s happy,” he told Sport when asked about the possibility of another new deal to fend off Manchester United. “He will be an important player in the coming years.

“For us, there’s no story with Ansu. We have never spoken about selling him.

“We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.”

ESPN have confirmed that Manchester United ‘have watched’ the forward’s ‘progression’ in Spain.

There is, however, ‘an acceptance’ that a move would be difficult to pull off.

The club is also said to be ‘wary about how agents often use their name’ with regards to transfer speculation, particularly for clients in contract discussions.

Barca will be looking to raise transfer funds wherever possible, but Fati will not be among those made available.

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are far more likely departures for a club expected to lean heavily on the player exchange market.


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