FC Barcelona need to finalize the sales of a number of players in the upcoming transfer window to meet their financial and sporting objectives for the next season. The club has already identified the players that it would be willing to sell for this purpose.
One of these players shortlisted for sale by the club is the youngster Ansu Fati. While previously he was seen as the successor of Lionel Messi and the next face of the club for years to come, his lack of luck with injuries and inability to gain form has made him only a fringe player at best with Xavi.
However, as the player still retains demand in the transfer market, the club is open to selling him in this window but the player himself is not very keen on a move away from Barcelona.
According to SPORT, Fati’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has ensured the club hierarchy that he will convince the player for a move, and the club itself is also trying to persuade the player for a move. Mendes was previously planning to make Fati a part of the deal for Ruben Neves with Wolverhampton Wanderers, but the player has firmly refused such a move.
Mendes is also looking for a Champions League side in the Premier League to which Fati would be more open to moving, however, any such move would not provide the required dividends to Barcelona, as no such side would be willing to pay €60 million for the player.
As the club and Mendes continue their efforts to convince Fati for a move, the future of Ruben Neves also hangs in the balance. The Portuguese has already said his goodbyes at the English club, but awaits the final agreement between the two clubs. The club can make Abde or Dest a part of the move for Neves, but Mendes prefers having Fati as the player to be swapped by Barcelona in this transfer.
Thus, Ansu Fati is feeling the pressure to leave Barcelona in this summer, as both his agent and the club try to convince him for a move away from the club. While he scored two goals in his last game, his overall performance in the season does not provide him with much bargaining leverage, and he could well be on his way out of the club.