Barcelona are doing everything they can to keep wonderkid Ansu Fati at the club by hoping he’ll sign a new contract with an eye-watering £360million buy-out clause, according to reports.
Fati has enjoyed a brilliant breakthrough season with the Spanish giants, scoring eight goals in 32 appearances – winning admirers from the Premier League, including Manchester United.
And according to Spanish publication Marca, Barcelona are desperate to ensure Fati secures his future with the club by inserting a mega-money release clause in his deal, to ensure cash-rich Premier League clubs can’t acquire his services.
Barcelona do not want the same thing to happen to Fati as it did to Neymar, whose £198m release clause was met by Paris Saint-Germain to seal his signature in 2017.
Barcelona view Fati as a first-team regular going forward and any new deal at the Nou Camp would see him enjoy a significant increase in salary, according to the report.
And just recently, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu revealed that he wants to keep Fati at the club for ‘life’ – who is currently under contract until the summer of 2022.
‘There have been no formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs,’ Bartomeu told Sport. ‘Barcelona’s answer has been: “No.”‘
‘He’s essential for the future of the club. Ansu is not for sale. He represents the academy the players come out of, learn from and consolidate themselves in the first team.
‘He’s unique because he jumped from the youth team to the first team. There are not many players like him and Barcelona cannot sell him, even if it would be an economic solution for the club in the times of this pandemic.
‘At no time have we considered selling him. On the contrary: what we have to do is help him in his growth and get him to sign a new contract in the future, so that he plays here for life.’