Barcelona have found themselves in the midst of financial uncertainty, with additional funding paramount to ensuring they can chase top targets while at the same time keeping a steady ship.
However, despite a plethora of first-team stars having their names be put up on the market, teenage sensation Ansu Fati will not be one of them.
La Blaugrana have been out of action for a number of months due to the coronavirus outbreak, which has put an immeasurable strain on the club’s finances. It’s the same with sides across Europe, but Barcelona have targets they’re aiming for and a large wage bill to contend with, so if suitable offers come in for all but six of their players, then they’re willing to sell.
That applies to perennially injured forward Ousmane Dembele, claim Mundo Deportivo, who has shone on occasion but has struggled with disciplinary issues and continuous spells on the sidelines.
The club have absolute faith in Fati, though, who burst onto the scene this season at the tender age of 16 and scored his first goal in just his second outing for Barça. Just as the club are happy with his progress thus far, the forward too is content with life at Camp Nou, making the stance on his future much easier to contend with.
A summer pursuit of Lautaro Martinez is set to continue as the current La Liga leaders maintain their interest, but despite the substantial fee they’ll need to part with, Fati won’t be departing in any way to help finance it.
One slight issue made by Sport is the minor concerns coming out of Fati’s camp, who believe he is ready for more regular first-team opportunities and worry that Barça won’t grant him adequate playing time. It’s said that the club understand this fear, but have made it clear he is in Quique Setién’s plans.
Nor will be be allowed to leave on loan, which is an interesting development alongside the news that the club have received plenty of interest in recent weeks, with even agent Jorge Mendes calling with a big offer from an unnamed Premier League club.
Fati’s ceiling is sky-high and his talent remarkable, but even if another club were to want to benefit from that permanently, they’d need to deal with €170m release clause – which rises to €400m when he joins the first team full time.
For more from Ross Kennerley, follow him on Twitter!