Josep Maria Bartomeu admits that there have been interested parties in Ansu Fati, but Barcelona is standing firm on retaining the youngster.
Ansu Fati has perhaps been the only bright spot to Barcelona’s season.
The young attacker has burst onto the first-team scene this season. It was much more than his impressive and record-breaking debut. He has been hailed as the next big thing to emerge from La Masia.
However, given the Catalan giant’s apparent financial woes, there have been rumors that the likes of Manchester United have been circling with big-money offers. The aim is to try and convince Barca to cash in on the player and ease their difficulties.
Fati has already put pen to paper on concurrent deals that see him automatically go from a youth contract to a full adult deal without the possibility of a break.
Barcelona president Bartomeu has made every effort to safeguard the potential new talisman. Buy out clauses worth hundreds of millions are in place, but this does not appear to have deterred inquiries into Fati’s availability.
The club chief admits while there have been no offers, they have received inquiries about his availability. Bartomeu insists the answer is an unequivocal no.
Speaking to Sports, he said:
“No formal offers have come, but there has been interest from some clubs.”
“Barça’s answer has been ‘no’. Ansu is not for sale.”
“It is essential for the future of this club. It represents that farmhouse from which players come out, they learn and consolidate in the first team.”
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