Man Utd are ‘willing to put a lot of money on the table’ for £44m-rated Barcelona forward

Jason Soutar
Barcelona forward Ansu Fati celebrates his goal

Barcelona would only consider selling Ansu Fati should the player ‘make the first move’ with Manchester United keeping tabs on his situation, according to reports.

Fati was brought to Barcelona in 2012 at the age of 9 before Ernesto Valverde handed him his first-team debut when he was 16 years old.

Many tipped the Spaniard to be the next big thing at the Nou Camp and was even handed Lionel Messi’s number 10 shirt after the legendary forward’s move to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.

However, injuries have really slowed down Fati’s development and he has only managed to score three La Liga goals in 20 appearances this term.

Starts have been few and far between under Xavi, which is understandable given the Blaugrana’s incredible form and depth up top.

Barcelona have only dropped points three times this season, with their only defeat coming in the El Clasico against reigning champions Real Madrid.

Fati has played through the middle quite often recently but his natural position is as a left-winger.

While he struggles to live up to his incredible potential, the 20-year-old’s future has been cast in doubt.

Valued by Transfermarkt at €80million in October 2020, Fati is now said to be worth €50m (£44m).

According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Barcelona ‘will only sell Fati if he makes the first move for a transfer’.

With the player ‘not playing as much as he would like’ the ‘noise’ around him has started.

Manchester United immediately get a mention as a club in ‘need’ of ‘strikers to cover their deficiencies’.

An exit could be the ‘perfect storm’ due to Fati’s lack of minutes and Barcelona’s need to raise funds, with ‘big sales’ the best way to do this.

Nothing is going on at the moment and Barcelona will not ‘push’ to sell the young forward, though he is ‘a very appealing player’ who has some interest in him.

‘All scenarios are open’ as things stand, but it is a long time until the summer transfer window so Fati’s situation could be a lot different then.

The report states that Barca want to avoid a similar situation to the one they had with Frenkie de Jong last summer.

The La Liga giants openly tried to sell De Jong and United and Chelsea made an attempt to sign him, but he was determined to stay in Catalonia.

Barca will not take similar steps with Fati and will ensure the player is open to a move before agreeing to sell him.

With game time hard to come by, the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, ‘has been accumulating interest in recent weeks’.

It is said that Premier League clubs, United included, ‘would be willing to put a lot of money on the table’.

READ MORE: Ranking revisited: How Ten Hag views his Man Utd squad, with a new entry at no.3