Manchester United’s remote hopes of attracting Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati have been extinguished by the youngster’s father.
The highly-regarded forward has been linked with United after their attempts to lure Jadon Sancho back to England stalled.
Sport recently claiming United had submitted a €100million bid for the Spain star.
Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has confirmed rivals’ interest in the talented forward, but said Barca would not entertain selling him.
Bartomeu told Sport: “We haven’t had any formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs.
“Barça’s answer has always been ‘no’.
“Ansu isn’t for sale and is indispensable for the future of the club.”
And, according to Fati’s father, the youngster, who is tied to Barca until June 2022 and has a €170m release clause, has no plans to leave the Camp Nou.
“Ansu is very happy, he is at Barca, the best club in the world.” Bori Fati said, as cited by ESPN. “I’m calm. He is happy at Barcelona. He is 17, he is enjoying himself, he is happy at Barcelona and not thinking about anything else. It’s very clear what Ansu wants.”
Fati, who has recently switched agents to Jorge Mendes from Rodrigo Messi, impressed for Spain on Sunday night.
He became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer at 17 years and 311 days old.
On his first Spain start he scored his country’s third goal in a 4-0 Nations League win over Ukraine in an inspiring display from the attacker.
“I congratulated Ansu, he’s a very young player who gives us that freshness and desire which we need. It’s great to have a new injection of youth and we’re very happy to have players like him,” said skipper Sergio Ramos.
“But it’s not just him, it’s all the players that proved themselves today, this is their moment and we hope they reach the top level.”