Rumours have surfaced regarding the possible move of FC Barcelona’s young talent, Ansu Fati, to Saudi Arabia in the following season. Informal talks have already taken place between Saudi Arabian representatives and Fati’s inner circle, signalling the possibility of a transfer.
The Middle Eastern football environment has recently attracted football legends such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Neymar, making it an appealing destination for elite players from around the world. With European teams trying to sell players during the summer transfer window, Saudi Arabia is ready to take advantage of the situation.
Fati is currently on loan at Brighton, where he struggled with to find a consistent starting position under coach Roberto De Zerbi. While he has stated his wish to stay in Europe, circumstances may change before his loan expires on June 30, 2024.
One complicated element is the potential competition Fati may face upon his return to Barcelona, considering Joao Felix’s permanent transfer from Ath. Madrid and the availability of other quality players such as Lamine Yamal, Raphinha, and Ferran Torres.
FC Barcelona is believed to be in financial trouble, which makes player sales a potential necessity. However, the club is still unclear about Fati’s future, despite the fact that the teenager was originally heralded as the club’s future and is under contract until 2027 with a stunning €1 billion release clause.
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