Barcelona star Ansu Fati is ‘close to agreement on an enhanced new contract’ with Jorge Mendes, the 18-year-old agent ‘already in Spain to finalize talks’
- Barcelona’s new number 10, Ansu Fati, is about to renew his contract with the club
- Catalans desperate to keep Fati after he inherited Lionel Messi shirt
- The teenager’s current contract expires in June 2022, but he wants to stay at the club
- De Blaugrana reportedly filed a new contract extension in September
Joan Laporta, president of the Barcelona club, is reportedly eager to finalize a new deal for Ansu Fati, with the Catalans desperate for the number 10.
The club began contract talks with the 18-year-old months ago to extend his current contract, which runs until June 2022.
The youngster has expressed his desire to continue at the Camp Nou and his agent Jorge Mendes is in Barcelona ready to continue negotiations, leaving the club optimistic about seeing a deal cross the finish line, according to marking.
Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati is close to renewing his contract after talks started months ago
Barcelona are looking to offer Fati a new deal that reflects his new-found fame in the roster.
Last month it was announced that Mendes had received an extension offer from Barcelona after football director Mateu Alemany spent a month and a half working on a proposal.
Mendes and the club have reportedly been in constant communication with each other and have discussed that the contract will not be long-term as it will be reviewed later once Barcelona’s economic situation improves.
The midfielder has quickly become a prominent member of the squad, justifying a new deal
Barcelona’s disastrous finances were exposed after being handed just a €98 million (£85 million) salary cap from LaLiga for the 2021-22 season – one seventh of Real Madrid’s €739 million (£638 million) allocation.
The attacker inherited the infamous shirt from Lionel Messi (right) after the Argentine’s departure
Fati has become one of Barca’s greatest attacking powers, especially after losing talisman Lionel Messi.
He inherited Messi’s infamous number 10 after the Argentine’s departure and has quickly replaced the Nou Camp veteran as Barcelona’s most prized asset.
He made his debut during the 2019-20 season and hasn’t stopped breaking records at Camp Nou since then.
With the Blaugrana, Fati has become the youngest player to score a LaLiga goal, start and score in Camp Nou, score and assist in LaLiga and score in the Champions League.
But his progress was halted when he suffered a serious knee injury during a match against Real Betis in November 2020, which put him out of action for ten months.
However, he returned to action in September and marked it with a goal in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Levante after coming off the bench in the 82nd minute.
A serious knee injury halted his progress after the teen had a successful debut season
Fati is just one member of a trio of youngsters that Laporta would like to tie to the Nou Camp.
Pedri and Gavi are also lining up for new deals, with the former’s negotiations being the furthest along.
The Spanish prodigy is said to be poised to sign a new deal with Barcelona until 2026 with a £509 million breakout clause.
Barcelona star Pedri agrees to a new five-year contract with the club, according to reports
The 18-year-old midfielder, who has made more than 50 appearances for the Catalans since his first-team debut last season, has been linked with leaving the club as his current contract expires at the end of this season.
But the Catalans can breathe a sigh of relief after Pedri tells them he is willing to give his future to the LaLiga giants.
Not only does the new deal give the Spanish midfielder a pay rise, but the hefty breakout clause is likely to deter European giants like Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, two of the richest clubs in the world.
The 18-year-old prodigy is reportedly getting a new £509m release clause to his name
The teenager signed for Barcelona from Las Palmas in September 2019 for just £4.2 million and remained in the second division for the 2019-20 season.
Pedri justified Barcelona’s fee for him despite never having kicked a ball in professional football before signing a contract with the club, scoring four goals in 37 appearances for the Canary Islands club.
Since then, he has been ever present for Barcelona, making 52 appearances in all competitions in his debut campaign, with his displays landing him a spot in the Spain national team.