The road back to full fitness hasn’t been without its speed bumps for Ansu Fati, but the young Spanish forward is finally looking back to his best. So far he’s enjoyed a productive pre-season, scoring the winning goal against AC Milan and showing plenty of attacking intent. That seems to have attracted the attention of plenty of European suitors, and while the reported PSG interest has been squashed, now a new link has appeared.
According to journalist Gerard Romero, a Premier League side has today made an offer of €50 million for Fati, whose future remains up in the air.
Romero doesn’t confirm the identity of the side, but he does stipulate that the team has not qualified for the Champions League next season, which rules out Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa would be the most likely candidates for the bid. Liverpool will be competing in the Europa League and Aston Villa will take part in the Europa Conference League qualifiers. Tottenham having finished 8th last season, will not take part in any European competitions this year.
Does selling Ansu Fati make any sense for Barcelona?
Fati has been with Barcelona since 2012 having joined from Seville as a 10-year-old. The club have supported him through the ups and downs and have worked tirelessly to get him back to full fitness following his meniscus tear which sidelines him for 9 months.
After inheriting the #10 shirt from Leo Messi, Fati has struggled for form and consistency, but this pre-season he’s finally starting to show the talent that made him one of the most exciting young players in world football.
Ousmane Dembele will join PSG at some point this month, so for me, it really doesn’t make sense for Barca to sell Fati who’s still just 20 years of age.
Barcelona do have plenty of forwards who can operate in the wide areas, but none of them have the profile of Fati, and with Dembele out of the picture he’s going to have more opportunities to showcase his talent.
Last year he managed to stay healthy and scored 7 La Liga goals in 36 appearances, along with 3 assists. With more consistent game time and another year removed from his injury, there is reason to believe those stats are only going to improve.
We all know that Barcelona is in a dire financial situation, but Fati’s worth double the €50 million offer on talent and potential alone. You don’t improve your financial standing by selling your best assets at a discount price.
Hopefully, Barca was quick to turn this offer down.