Fabrizio Romano has reported that Tottenham are in contact with Barcelona about a possible loan deal for Ansu Fati until June 2024.
Barcelona want Spurs to cover 100% of the youngster’s wages, while conditions of the deal are still being discussed. Chelsea were also offered Fati but have made no approach yet.
Understand Tottenham are now in contact with Barça to negotiate for Ansu Fati deal on loan until June 2024. ⚪️🇪🇸 #THFC
Discussions about conditions of the deal but Barça want 100% of the salary covered.
Ansu, also presented to Chelsea as opportunity but no former approach yet. pic.twitter.com/AxXVrmVqcW
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 30, 2023
Earlier this week, Ben Jacobs claimed Tottenham Hotspur would value Ansu Fati at around £45m, but his current club Barcelona would want at least £60m for the player.
As the final days of the transfer window play out, Tottenham are still yet to sign a new attacking player. Since the departure of Harry Kane at the start of the month, it has been widely expected that the club would try to fill this void in some way.
However, one name that has also been mentioned in conjunction with Tottenham’s search for attacking reinforcements is Barcelona star, Ansu Fati. It is said that the 20-year-old is being considered as an alternative option this summer (Lyall Thomas on The Last Word on Spurs).
Barcelona want an ‘astronomical’ offer for Ansu Fati
While interest in Fati appears to be cooling off as Spurs get closer to the signing of Johnson, it appears there may be other reasons why the young Spaniard is unlikely to move to North London.
In a recorded message on Twitter, Ben Jacobs said: “My understanding is that Tottenham have looked and they think that there is a ballpark valuation, this is only from internal discussions, of about £45m [for Ansu Fati].
“Aston Villa have taken a look and even some other clubs, like Manchester United held an internal discussion building up to the window, just as due diligence – rather than anything more. They were thinking in the region of €35-40m (£30-34.3m).
“Barcelona would be looking at 70, 80, 90 million Euros (£60-77.2m), which feels astronomical, but that is what they feel the player could be worth and that is why a deal hasn’t been done.”
Now it appears the Lilywhites are instead looking at a loan deal for Fati, although it remains to be seen whether that would include an option or obligation to buy the youngster.
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no way Spurs, or any club, would be paying that kind of money for Ansu Fati. He is a talented player, but has injury concerns holding him back, and is still so young that it’s hard to know exactly how he will eventually develop anyway. If that is the market price for Fati, then I can understand the loan move idea.
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