Barcelona is said to be considering the possibility of cashing in on Ansu Fati during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Initially hailed as the successor to Lionel Messi and a potential lifelong Barcelona player, Fati’s time on the pitch has been limited, despite his impressive record of 29 goals and 10 assists in 112 appearances for the club last season.
With the Catalan giants eager to improve their financial situation, Fati was deemed expendable during the previous transfer window.
However, no suitable permanent offers materialized, and he ended up joining Brighton & Hove Albion on loan. Since then, the 20-year-old has been enjoying regular playing time, featuring in five matches across various competitions and accumulating 239 minutes on the field.
Fati even managed to find the back of the net in a recent Premier League match against Aston Villa, although the team suffered a 6-1 defeat. He will be hoping to make an impact when Brighton takes on Marseille in the Europa League on Thursday night.
From Barcelona’s perspective, their hope is that Fati will continue to receive ample playing time at Brighton, allowing him to showcase his talents and potentially increase his market value. This strategy is aimed at maximizing his asking price when they decide to sell him next summer.
According to Sport, club officials have already decided to part ways with Fati if they receive a suitable offer for his signature.
With Barcelona’s financial cap for 2024-25 having already been revealed by La Liga, president Joan Laporta is aware of the cutbacks that need to be made in due course.
The report suggests that a number of Premier League clubs are monitoring the situation in the event that Fati kick-starts his career at the Amex Stadium.
Atletico Madrid may also be open to negotiating a swap or part-exchange deal if it means that they are able to get Joao Felix – who is on loan at Barcelona – off their books.
While Fati still has a contract at Barcelona until 2027, there appears little prospect of him being reintegrated into the first-team picture unless he stars at Brighton or other big-money sales are made in due course.