Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu would “have to go into hiding” if he accepted an offer for wonderkid Ansu Fati; A source at the Catalan club has told reliable @moillorens and @samuelmarsden of @espn.
Ansu, 17, has been linked with Manchester United in recent weeks. Sources close to Manchester United confirmed they have watched hi. But there is an acceptance he will remain with Barça despite rumours of a €150m bid being made.
Sources at Barça told @moillorens and @samuelmarsden of @espn that Barça have not received any concrete offers for Ansu. Furthermore, they joked there would be a backlash against Bartomeu if the club even considered selling Ansu Fati. “There has been interest in Ansu for a while from many clubs,” the source said. “Even Real Madrid were monitoring him before he renewed his contract.”
Clubs followed Ansu Fati for years
“It is not news to us that clubs are asking about him, but Barça will not sell. Ansu is the future of the club and if he was sold, Bartomeu may even have to go into hiding!”
Another source at the club told @moillorens and @samuelmarsden of @espn that “however much money is being mentioned, you can ignore the speculation, even if the club lacks [money] at the moment.” Moreover, Several sources at Barça all insist that Ansu will not be used as collateral to fund moves for other players.
His father, Bori Fati, is still a regular at B team and U19 games. Even when his son is not playing. This is where he is often accompanied by agents or scouts who want to work with him. Moreover, they sell him the idea of earning much more money away from Barça.
Until now, Fati’s father has resisted the urge to give up representation of Ansu, although he has brought Lionel Messi’s brother, Rodrigo, onboard as an advisor. However, sources explain to @moillorens and @samuelmarsden that Barça have delayed triggering the extension with the hope that he may be able to feature for the B team in the third division playoffs in July.