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Barcelona reveals when Ansu Fati would return from November injury.


Sport and others say that he was due to return to the training pitch at the start of February, but his recovery is behind schedule, and that has not happened.

Barcelona midfielder Ansu Fati has suffered a set-back in his return from injury, as reports in Spain say it will be April at the earliest before he is back on the pitch at Camp Nou.


The 18-year-old is one of the most highly-rated young wingers in Europe and had started the season with five goals in ten appearances before a knee injury forced him off against Real Betis back in November.

The serious nature of the injury came to light in the hours after the match and it soon became apparent he would have to undergo surgery to amend the issue.


That procedure was undertaken later in November, and the initial prognosis was that he would be out for around four months.

Fati has been out since November | Eric Alonso/Getty Images

As the season wore on, the Champions League second leg with PSG at Parc des Princes on 10 March emerged as a target date, and earlier this week, Barca boss Ronald Koeman expressed a cautious hope that this was on track – though he was reluctant to make any promises.

On Tuesday, he said (per Marca): “Hopefully he can participate [against PSG in France], but I am not sure. The most important thing is that he recovers well but I am not going to set a date.”


Unfortunately, reports that have since come to light suggest that his cautious tone was well measured.

Sport and others say that he was due to return to the training pitch at the start of February, but his recovery is behind schedule, and that has not happened.

Acknowledging that the club do not want to commit to a date that would add pressure to the youngster, the consensus is that he won’t feature again until some time in the middle of April.

He is expected to undergo another surgery soon, and could go under the knife for a third time depending on how things progress.


PSG on 10 March, at least, is now viewed as an impossibility, meaning Barca will have to navigate a tricky last 16 tie without one of their best attackers.

Ronaldo Koeman is hopeful Fati will return to face PSG | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

They go in in decent shape, however – while they are ten points from La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, they remain undefeated in the league in 2021, and have won their last five on the bounce.



Newspaper apologize profusely to Ansu Fati for Rasist Comment


Journalist had written Black player moved like a ‘gazelle’ or a ‘very young black street vendor running from police’.

Spain’s Ansu Fati during a UEFA Nations League football match between Spain and Switzerland in Madrid, Spain.

Barcelona player Ansu Fati has received a statement of “regret” from a Spanish journalist who compared his moves on the pitch with an animal and illegal street vendor fleeing police.

ABC journalist Salvador Sostres wrote of Barcelona’s win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday that “Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street vendor running” away from police.

Team-mate Antoine Griezmann was one of many readers who denounced the description by Sostres in a message on Twitter: “Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being. No to racism and no to bad manners.”


ABC published a statement of regret by Sostres on Thursday.

“My intention was to praise the beauty of Ansu’s movement and his talent as a very young player,” Sostres wrote.

“Some expressions were understood as racist insults. Nothing was further from my intention, nor the very favourable opinion of the player that I have expressed in all the match reports I have written since his debut. I deeply lament the misunderstanding and I ask forgiveness if anyone has felt offended.”

Fati, who is Black, was born in Guinea Bissau and immigrated with his family to Spain when he was six years old. Now 17, he is one of Barcelona’s most promising players.

Barcelona says it was planning to sue the newspaper and journalist, but after Sostres’s apology, it is reconsidering what course to take.

In the first six weeks after football restarted in the United Kingdom after the coronavirus halted games, more than 40 percent of Black players were racially abused on social media, the Professional Footballers’ Association Charity said – prompting Man City’s Raheem Sterling to call for action.


Ansu Fati’s client start discussions with Barca over contract


Jorge Mendes was in Catalonia on Wednesday to meet with Barcelona directors.

There, he discussed his new client Ansu Fati’s contract, as well as the latest on the future of Nelson Semedo, another player represented by Mendes’ Gestifute agency.

Ansu Fati is a rising star of world football and Barcelona are keen to ensure he’ll spend his prime years at the Camp Nou.

The 17-year-old’s current contract runs until 2022 and has a release clause of 170 million euros, but Barcelona can increase that clause to 400m euros when they register him with their first team and that is expected to happen in the coming days.

Barcelona also have an option to extend the player’s contract to 2024, but this two-year add-on to his current deal currently poses some legal problems because minors cannot sign contracts that are longer than three years.

Ansu Fati is still only 17 and doesn’t turn 18 until October 31, in around seven weeks’ time.

In any case, there could be talks for a brand new contract that would allow the club the peace of mind of having Ansu Fati committed well beyond 2022 and one that would be even better for the player than the current agreement.

This is where Jorge Mendes comes in, as the forward signed with the powerful agent just a few weeks ago after having previously been managed by Lionel Messi’s brother Rodrigo Messi.

Given the potential Ansu Fati has demonstrated even since the latest update to his deal in December, there’s an understanding that new terms will have to be thrashed out.

Ansu Fati becomes Spain’s ever youngest Goalscorer


After seeing a goal against Germany ruled out during the week, Ansu Fati became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer as he scored their third goal against Ukraine on Sunday evening.

A Sergio Ramos foul meant that his header in Stuttgart didn’t stand, but the Barcelona forward made sure that he didn’t have much longer to wait as La Roja hosted Ukraine at Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Spain led inside three minutes through a Sergio Ramos penalty, which was won by Ansu Fati himself and the Madrid captain added a second shortly after.


Then, after the half hour mark, the teenager took centre stage. Squaring up to a Ukraine defender on the edge of the area, he shifted the ball onto his right foot and fired across goal to find the net via the foot of the post.

With the strike, he became Spain’s youngest ever scorer at 17 years and 311 days old.

Juan Errazquin had previously held the record at 18 years and 344 days old with his goal on June 1, 1925 against Switzerland, when he bagged a hat-trick.

A year has passed since he scored his first goals for Barcelona’s first team, and Ansu Fati just keeps on growing.

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‘Ansu Fati’ What Spain needs and Messi Needs


Ansu Fati was two years old when Sergio Ramos’ Spain journey began, but both were breaking records on Sunday evening as La Roja beat Ukraine 4-0 at Real Madrid’s Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

The defender became international football’s highest scoring defender, while the teenager became Spain’s youngest ever goalscorer.


Lionel Messi is staying at Barcelona, he has claimed that “there is no project” at Barcelona and he will spend next season without Neymar and Luis Suarez as well.

But Ansu Fati might just be what the Argentine needs.

The Spaniard isn’t a superstar yet, but his emergence a year ago as a 16-year-old grabbed attention and he has continued to improve since then.

Maybe Ansu can be the man to convince Messi that Barcelona have something to look forward to.

Fati’s first half against Spain would have had supporters standing in front of their sofas as he won a penalty and scored his own fine goal, even trying an overhead kick as well.

His level dropped in the second half, but he did a full night’s work in the first 45 minutes.


Pau Torres was one of the best players on the pitch on Sunday and he’s been one of the revelations of this international period.

Spain haven’t had a reliable partner for Sergio Ramos at the back in Gerard Pique’s retirement, but they might just have found their man in the form of the Villarreal defender.

As many as six players made their debuts in the last two games, showing that Luis Enrique is filtering in the new blood.

Spain’s attack on Sunday ended up being Ansu (17 years old), Dani Olmo (22) and Ferran Torres (20), with the latter also scoring his first Spain goal late on.

Sergio Reguilon impressed at full-back, as did Mikel Merino in the middle.

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‘I’ve been inspired here since the first day’ – Ansu Fati


Ansu Fati is already feeling at home in the Spain camp after his first two international appearances.

The Barcelona forward became his country’s youngest ever goalscorer with a find strike against Ukraine on Sunday, just days after becoming their second youngest appearance maker against Germany.

“It gives me pride to work with Luis [Enrique] and the players who are here,” Ansu Fati said after the game.

“From the first day I’ve been welcomed with open arms and all the confidence in the world.

“Now I’ve to keep working as always with humility and everything will come.”

Understandably happy with his goal, the 17-year-old was quick to say that it was Spain’s convincing win that pleased him most.

“I’m happy, especially with the victory,” he added.

“We played well for 90 minutes and have to keep going like this.”

Now, attention will turn back to club football where Fati will be working under Ronald Koeman at the Camp Nou this season.

“I’ll keep working,” Fati said.

“The coach is the one who decides [who plays].

“I’ll keep training hard and if the chance comes then I’ll try to take advantage of it.”


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Man United to offer £153M for Ansu Fati


Manchester United are willing to pay a whopping £153m (€170m) to sign Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati, according to reports in Spain.

The Old Trafford club have so far refused to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108m valuation for winger Jadon Sancho.

United chiefs are instead believed to have offered between £60m and £70m up front for the 20-year-old England international, while the rest would be paid in instalments.


However, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim United are willing to pay an additional £45m to bring in 17-year-old Fati before he commits to a new contract at the Camp Nou which includes a £360m buyout clause.

Fati played 33 times in all competitions for Barcelona last season, scoring eight times in his breakout season with the Catalan giants.

The winger – who was named in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the first time last week for their opening two games of their 2020-21 Uefa Nations League campaign – has been placed on the list of names Barcelona consider unavailable for transfer this summer.

He is therefore being lined up alongside fellow youngster Riqui Puig to become the club’s shining light in the long-term with the future of star Lionel Messi increasingly uncertain.


Moreover, the report adds the club are set to make his release fee a staggering £360m – nearly double the world-record transfer fee which is currently the £198m Paris Saint-Germain spent on Neymar in 2017.

Meanwhile, Sancho is seen as a short-term talent by Bundesliga side Dortmund – who will happily cash in on him as soon as their £108m valuation is met.

The Sun however claim it is now likely Sancho will stay for one more season and will be sold next summer after Man Utd missed the August 10 deadline set by the German outfit.

The news comes a day after The Mirror reported that United have given up on Sancho after conceding that his £300,000-a-week wage demands would shatter their pay structure.

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Man utd makes fresh enquiry on Ansu Fati


Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in Barcelona star Ansu Fati as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho following their continued deadlock in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.

The 17-year-old is known is know to previously have been of interest to United after scoring eight goals in his first professional season, but the Catalan club are desperate to keep hold of the wonderkid.

United have had their eyes set on Sancho for much of the transfer window but continue to be frustrated by Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the England international.

After continued difficulty in negotiations boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to look elsewhere and the Red Devils have made a fresh enquiry for wide-man, according to Spanish publication Sport.


The same publication reported last month that the players agent Jorge Mendes revealed United were in pole position to bring the player to Old Trafford.

Reports suggested that Fati would end up as a cheaper alternative to Sancho due to the starlet’s lower wage demands at this stage.

The player only negotiated a new three-year deal with Barca in December which included a release clause of £144m, but could look to raise that to a staggering £360m as they look to send a message that Fati is not for sale, according to NobleSports Relaibe source.

United remain determined to secure signature of Sancho despite a number of issues surfacing this week in talks with the German club.

Last week, the deal appeared to be heading in the right direction but talks have stalled with United baulking at Sancho’s wage demands and Dortmund’s valuation of the winger.


Dortmund chief Michael Zorc declared on Monday that Sancho will remain with them next season and the 20-year-old has now underlined his happiness at the club.

Speaking to BVB-TV on Wednesday, Sancho said: ‘I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.

‘We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.

‘I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’

Sancho played 45 minutes in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly win over Rheindorf Altach in Austria on Wednesday.

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Fati Untouchable


Making sure that Ansu Fati keeps wearing the colours of Barcelona has become a priority at the Camp Nou.

The teenager has enjoyed an impressive breakthrough season in the first team in 2019/20, with the Champions League still to come this month.

Barcelona renewed the forward’s contract at the end of 2019, extending it to June 2022 and raising the release clause to 170 million euros.

However, the Catalan club want to guarantee that no one else can pinch their academy jewel from under their noses.

As a result, they want to tie him down to a bumper new deal and are already in talks with the player’s representatives.


The idea is to give Ansu Fati a big pay rise – one fitting of a key player in the first team – and push his release clause up to 400 million euros.

That particular figure is unreachable for any club in the financial crisis that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to football.

Barcelona want to get this new deal done quickly and there could be news in the coming days.

The Blaugrana don’t want this situation to go on any longer having already warded off interest from a Premier League club earlier this season.

An expected renewal

Even when Ansu Fati extended his contract at the end of 2019, a further renewal was expected.

Barcelona have no problems with meeting the player’s demands in this case – it’s just a question of going through the motions in order to get it over the line.

The Catalan club are convinced that they’ll keep hold of their prodigy.

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Ansu Fati won’t leave, No matter what – Xavier


Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana has confirmed the club harbour no intentions of selling teenage star Ansu Fati amid links to Manchester United.


Fati has emerged as an alternative target to Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho for United, with reports in the week suggesting they were ready to pay £89million (€100m) for the 17-year-old.

He has had a breakthrough season at the Camp Nou, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in August after netting a goal against Osasuna.

However, Vilajoana has poured cold water over speculation that Fati’s future could lie away from the current LaLiga champions.

‘For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him,’ Vilajoana told NobleSports Relaibe source


‘We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.

‘I think he’s happy. He will be an important player in the coming years,’ Vilajoana added.

Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Fati had scored four goals and supplied an assist in 16 LaLiga appearances for the Catalan outfit.


Fati has played 24 matches in all competitions this season, scoring five goals.

The 17-year-old was born in Guinea-Bissau but has decided to represent Spain at international level and has already represented the country at U21 level.

Fati honed his talents at his local club Herrera before moving to Sevilla’s academy at the age of eight.


However, after only two years in Seville, Fati was picked up by Barcelona’s La Masia academy and signed a professional contract prior to the ongoing season.

Quique Setien’s LaLiga leaders return to action on Saturday night for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic when they visit relegation-threatened Real Mallorca.

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‘Pjanic for Ansu Fati’? New demand from Juve


‘Pjanic for Ansu Fati’? New demand from Juve

Juventus have demanded that Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati is included in any deal to bring Miralem Pjanic to the Nou Camp this summer, according to reports.


The Serie A giants are said to be keen to snap up the 17-year-old winger in exchange – and swap deals are increasingly likely to take place in the upcoming transfer window due to the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuttosport believe that Juventus have now targeted Fati as negotiations over recruiting Arthur as part of the same deal continue to stall.

Fati became the youngest ever Champions League goalscorer, and Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer in any competition, earlier in the season and has netted five goals in 24 appearances for the club.


But shock claims in Italy now suggest that Barcelona are willing to part ways with the prodigy.

The LaLiga giants would reportedly struggle to include Fati in future matchday squads, and are actively searching for a club capable of giving him ample game time.

Barcelona are also believed to have received numerous offers for Fati already. The Spanish top flight champions would prefer a loan move for the next campaign, but may find it difficult to negotiate with their own starlet due to his rumoured unhappiness.


Fati is thought to have been identified by Blaugrana boss Quique Setien as one of a number of players he is willing to let go – with suggestions from Spain pointing out that the youngster may now be determined to leave.

Barcelona are understood to have made Pjanic and Inter Milan ace Lautaro Martinez their top two targets this summer and are willing to offload players to raise funds for the moves.

It was recently reported that Barcelona were close to exchanging Arthur Melo for Pjanic in a sensational swap deal, with Setien satisfied with the switch of midfield options.

Both clubs value their player at around €60million, and the Serie A giants were happy to let the 30-year-old Bosnian leave.

But the indications now are that Arthur is hesitating over being included in the deal, with Fati an alternative.



Juventus asks for Ansu Fati in exchange for Pjanic

Barcelona are trying to push Arthur Melo towards Juventus as part of the Miralem Pjanic deal, while the Bianconeri ask after Ansu Fati.


The exchange would already have been done by now were it not for Arthur’s refusal to leave Camp Nou, claim multiple sources in Italy and Spain.

The Brazilian continues to reject any transfer, which is said to be frustrating the Blaugrana.

While they are attempting to push Arthur towards accepting the exit, according to Tuttosport, Juve are looking at other alternatives.

Fichajes.net come up with the intriguing option of Ansu Fati going to Turin in exchange for Pjanic to Barcelona.


The 17-year-old can play in Maurizio Sarri’s preferred 4-3-3 formation and is said to be eager for more playing time than he currently gets in Spain.

He scored five goals in 24 competitive games this season, but his contract only runs to June 2022.



Dortmund Tables Offer For Barca’s ANsu Fati


Ansu Fati is, without a doubt, one of the important cases to look at, at Barca. His grand eruption confirmed him as one of the talents the club will lean on in the future. They are debating about him at the club because they know new signings will restrict his playtime. They think he’s ready to play regularly and that may be elsewhere, for now. Barca have received an offer from Borussia Dortmund for the youth player.


Relations between the clubs have improved since the argument there was over Dembele’s signing. Dortmund know that it is impossible to keep Jadon Sancho so are looking for other wingers.

Dortmund’s request did not surprise Barca, given various Liga clubs want Ansu on loan too. With Dembele recovering, Messi, Suarez and Griezmann in the squad, and Neymar and Lautaro Martinez on the wishlist, Ansu’s short-term future at Barca looks complicated. They don’t want to freeze him out and stop him progressing. He’s shown he’s ready to play at the top level.

No doors are shut to Ansu. He is young and needs time to become a key player and going to Dortmund could foster that. The club helps youngsters grow.

Barca would only consider a loan deal and know Ansu can shine for them for many years. He recently renewed his contract until 2022 with an option for two more years and a 170m euro release clause, which will turn to a 400m one in the moment he has his first professional contract with the first team.

The club want to move calmly, given the age of the player. Other options beyond Dortmund may appear. It depends on who they can bring in too. If no attacking stars arrive, Ansu may take the step up to the next level at Camp Nou.