Tottenham enter talks for wantaway Barcelona star with loan deal currently being explored

Ben Stewart
Tottenham are looking to sign Barcelona winger Ansu Fati
Tottenham are looking to sign Barcelona winger Ansu Fati

Tottenham are interested in taking Barcelona star Ansu Fati on loan for the season as Fabrizio Romano has provided an interesting update on the player.

With the end of the summer transfer window now in sight, things are expected to heat up over the next few days.

Spurs have started the new Premier League campaign well, but they lost on penalties to Fulham in the Carabao Cup in midweek.

This defeat perhaps highlighted the lack of depth currently available to Ange Postecoglou and so more additions could be made in the final few days of the window.

Nottingham Forest forward Brennan Johnson remains a top target and Spurs are said to be close to agreeing a deal for the 22-year-old.

Johnson predominantly plays through the middle or on the right-wing and Tottenham are also exploring some options to add some more depth on the opposite flank.

According to Romano, Tottenham are now in negotiations with Barcelona regarding a loan deal for Fati.

“Understand Tottenham are now in contact with Barca to negotiate for Ansu Fati deal on loan until June 2024,” Romano explained.

“Discussions about conditions of the deal but Barça want 100% of the salary covered. Ansu, also presented to Chelsea as opportunity but no former approach yet.”

Fati could be open to the move as he has not started in any of Barcelona’s opening three La Liga matches, although he has been used as a late substitute on all three occasions.

When asked about Fati’s future earlier this month, Xavi gave an open-ended answer to Sport: “Ansu? We’ll see, until August 31st we can’t say anything.

“It all depends on Financial Fair Play for us. And we have to see with Ferran Torres and Raphinha, there is a lot of competition up front.”

As Romano clarified, Chelsea are also seemingly sniffing around this deal, although it seems as if the more concrete interest is from Tottenham.

While the 20-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona under Xaxi, he has still showcased several flashes of quality in that time.

He chipped in with 10 goal contributions in La Liga last season as Barcelona claimed the title. Factoring in his limited game time, he averaged a goal contribution every 138 minutes which is decent going.

Fati could thrive under a manager like Postecoglou and it’s no wonder Tottenham are currently exploring this deal.

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