Manchester United had launched a bid for Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati.
However, according to Sunday Times reporter Duncan Castles, the whole bid was a sham. This is what he had to say about the matter:
Last week, two proposals were presented to Barcelona on behalf of Manchester United,’ claimed reporter Duncan Castles.
‘The first, conditional on the success of Project Restart, offered a transfer fee of €100 million (about £90 million). The second added €50 million of performance-related variables.
‘Barça rejected both, referring an intermediary to the teenager’s €170 million release clause.’
Fast, direct and more goal-orientated than Jadon Sancho, a player Manchester United have been trying to extract from Dortmund to fill their long-problematic right-wing berth, the right-footed Fati has played everywhere across the attack,’ explains Castles.
‘Although the transfer-fee cost would be similar to Sancho’s, his salary would come far cheaper. Fati’s Camp Nou wages presently amount to €500,000 — a year.’
Mundo Deportivo further claimed that this bid was absolute “nonsense”, dismissing it completely.
The outlet said that: ‘Sources from his entourage have explained … that neither the English club nor Barça itself have addressed the young striker.
‘The striker does not consider leaving; He has already ignored all offers to stay and wants to stay at the club.
‘Barça has no record [of any bid] but would not even consider it.
‘Sources from his environment have explained … that the proposal has not reached the family, not even to probe him.