Barcelona president Joan Laporta has responded to the speculation that linked Man Utd with a gargantuan bid for Ansu Fati this summer.
Barcelona spent the vast majority of their summer desperately trying to wrest their enormous wage bill under control. The club’s debt topped £1 billion and continued to rise with each passing week. As a result, the La Liga powerhouse were forced into several moves in the window they did not wish to make.
Lionel Messi was the highest-profile departure after La Liga ruled his new Barcelona contract could not be ratified. PSG were the ultimate beneficiaries, swooping in for Argentine on a massive free-agent deal.
However, one potential deal mooted throughout the summer surrounded Spanish wonderkid, Ansu Fati.
The 18-year-old has since assumed Messi’s No. 10 shirt, indicating how highly he is thought of at the Camp Nou.
But given his incredible potential, reports swirled during the window of a blockbuster €150m move to Man Utd. Barcelona’s financial woes would have been eased significantly had such a deal come to fruition.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo even went as far as to state an official bid had been lodged. Though the reliability of their claims remain in question.