Manchester United have seen a second mammoth bid for Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati rejected by the LaLiga club, claims a British paper.
Fati is a forward United tried to lure away from Barca as a 16-year-old in their Academy last season.
Their scouts saw something to catch their eye and they were not wrong because the youngster’s progression in the last 12 months has been immense.
Last July he agreed a contract until 2022 and a month later he has made his first-team debut. And now Fati has scored five goals in 20 LaLiga and Champions League appearances.
No wonder United recently submitted a €100million bid for the 17-year-old Spain U21 international, according to Sport.
The paper claim the second offer added €50million of performance-related variables to the initial offer. Barça though rejected it and referred United to the teenager’s €170million release clause.
Fati not for sale
“For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him,” said Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana. “We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.”
Fati has been fast-tracked into the Barca first team this season, making 24 appearances. He also became the club’s youngest ever goalscorer and is highly-regarded by Lionel Messi.
In fact, the Barca board even see Fati as the man most likely to step into his shoes in the long term.