FC Barcelona is afraid that Manchester United might make a huge offer for Ansu Fati in the coming days. Jorge Mendes, Ansu’s agent, has been in talks with the English club for weeks now, and it seems like they might be ready to pay his current release clause.
The idea is that Ansu Fati becomes a first-team player, with a release clause of €300 million. Barcelona wants to negotiate with the player’s agent and environment, and state that they have no intention to sell the 17-year-old.
In fact, Barcelona has already set the details of Ansu’s new contract which would last until 2024. What is only left is the player’s approval.
Earlier under Valverde, agent Mendes had asked Barcelona about the price of Fati, but the club ignored his query and showed that they are not willing to sell him. Borussia Dortmund showed interest and wanted him on loan, but Barça was sure that the youngster’s golden time at the club was yet to come. Later, under Quique Setién, Ansu Fati has shown that he can be a very important player not only for the future but also today.
Manchester United is doing everything to convince the player through agent Mendes, but Barcelona hopes to end all the rumors with a contract extension right after the season ends. Things stand dangerous since United would be ready to pay triple the salary that Ansu is earning at Barça.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.