Man Utd planning ambitious move for Barcelona forward

Man United have submitted a €100 million (£89m) bid to secure the services of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, according to the reports from Spain.

The 17-year-old forward came through the Catalan giants ‘La Masia’ academy and was the second-youngest player in history to make debut for Barcelona earlier this season.

Fati has played 24 games for Barcelona this season after being fast-tracked from the U-18s to the starting XI by Ernesto Valverde last summer.

According to Sport, football super-agent Jorge Mendes contacted Barcelona last month to enquire about Fati’s value. However, the Spanish giants insisted that the talented winger was not for sale and would only leave if his €170m (£151.5m) release clause was met.

And the report suggests that Mendes countered the Catalan club’s response with a €100m (£89m) offer from the Red Devils, who view Fati as an alternative for Jadon Sancho.

However, Spanish giants president Josep Maria Bartomeu is adamant that Ansu Fati will not be sold as he views the 17-year-old as a vital part of the teams future.

Speaking after Ansu Fati was promoted to the Catalan club’s first team this campaign, Lionel Messi claimed: ‘I really like him and I try to help and support him.

‘He’s an amazing player and he’s got what it takes to succeed.

‘But if I look at it through my eyes, I’d like them to bring him on gradually, like they did with me when I started, taking things nice and easy and without putting pressure on him.’

Spanish giants have made several other players available ahead of the summer transfer window with Philippe Coutinho already offered to several Premier League teams, including the Red Devils.

The La Liga giants are also open to selling their another winger Ousmane Dembele, who has played only nine games this campaign due to injury.