Ansu Fati almost signed for West Ham United this summer and not Barcelona.
According to sources close to the player, but for some paperwork issues, things could have been very different for the now Barcelona star.
The only apparent problem with West Ham closing the deal was the delay in processing the player’s Spanish passport.
Bleacher Report claims that people inside the player’s inner circle had the deal all ready to go until it hit a glitch.
“West Ham knew about Ansu’s situation and his family was keen to make the move to London, which can be a huge lure.”
“The deal was agreed quickly with West Ham and the family, the player was happy and he had not signed his deal with Barcelona, meaning they were helpless to stop him.”
“We were told the passport was not an issue but they didn’t have it and it just did not progress quickly.”
“This allowed Barcelona the time to step in, and with the truncated transfer window in England, the pressure was on.”
“It emerged that Ansu’s Spanish passport would not come through until after August, and that stopped the deal in its tracks.”
“But it was that close—a piece of paperwork stopped West Ham from landing him.”
He became the clubs youngest ever goalscorer and has already managed 10 appearances so far this season.
Barcelona’s latest teenage star, Ansu Fati, was 'one document away' from moving to the Premier League 👀 @DeanJonesBR
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 19, 2019