Manchester United are reported to have been informed that a deal for Ansu Fati could be back if they match their original summer bid.
Fati is one of the brightest stars to have emerged from the Barcelona academy in recent years. He is yet to reach adulthood, but already played a big part at Camp Nou last season.
That progress will continue this year, especially after Barcelona officially promoted the winger to the first team. As part of the arrangement, his release clause has shot up to €400m.
However, that hasn’t stopped interested parties considering a bid. According to reports earlier this year, Barcelona received a €150m offer for Fati in the summer window.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have no interest in selling Fati despite the ‘dizzying’ offer.
Sport back that up by stating that United did make their move, via agent Jorge Mendes, only to be rebuffed.
However, the latter of those papers now believe a deal could be on the cards were United to match their summer bid.
They claim Barca’s financial situation means an offer for the teenager would now be considered. Barca are in turmoil and have rising debts that make any new acquisitions difficult for them in the current climate.
However, the sale of Fati would go a long way to solving some of their issues.
Indeed, Sport raises the prospect of if Mendes was to bring those kind of numbers – €150m – to Barcelona again, a deal would be accepted. The paper writes that ‘in times of a crisis’ the pressure would be on them to accept the ‘brutal’ sale of Fati.
Barcelona, for their part, are publicly insisting that Fati will stay at the club. His current deal has two years to run, with Barca holding a further two-year option.
However, Sport claim that convincing Fati of their future success could prove difficult. They claim Mendes ‘smells the money’ and could convince his client to move elsewhere.
Solskjaer defends Greenwood
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “no doubts” Mason Greenwood will soon be back to his best after explaining why time out of the limelight has been in the teenager’s best interests.
Long touted as a future Old Trafford star, Greenwood scored 17 goals in all competitions during a stunning breakthrough season.
However, this season has not gone to plan with some difficult personal problems affecting the youngster.
Solskjaer, though, is standing by Greenwood and says he will soon be back in the first-team picture.
“You have to take a step back sometimes,” said Solskjaer. “The boy’s only 19 and he’s had a fantastic year.
“If we go a year back, I left him out of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea. Mason stayed back and played against Doncaster in the Checkatrade (Trophy) to get game time and that’s how far he’s come.
“Now he’s got 19 goals for the first team, he’s made his England debut, he scored on his first Under-21s game. He’s had a fantastic development.
“Of course the headlines are going to be there about him when he scores, (or) if he doesn’t play.
“Everyone’s allowed to not be well and if you’re not well, you can’t train.
“He’s now stayed away, he’s been away eight or nine days from training. We’re just starting building him up again.
“I have no doubts about him. He’s got a very good head on him and his talent is there for everyone to see.”