Sky Sports reported that Barcelona were willing to sell Ansu Fati permanently for £30m this summer before agreeing to send him on loan to Brighton. 

Fabrizio Romano has given his ‘here we go’ seal of approval to Fati’s Brighton loan, with the youngster flying to England today.

There were rumours that Spurs were not totally out of the race this morning, despite other claims, but that idea has not gained any traction throughout the day (SkySports).

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 08: Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona waves the supporters during the presentation prior to the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys on August 08, 2023 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)

Spurs are fully focused on Brennan Johnson now

Sky Sports point out that Fati was one of three wide-forwards on Tottenham’s radar along with Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson and PSV Eindhoven’s Johan Bakayoko. However, it now appears that Fati is joining Brighton and Bakayoko is going to Brentford.

The outlet said that Johnson remained the Lilywhites’ top target but they would have to pay in excess of £40m to prise him away from the City Ground. It remains to be seen whether Daniel Levy and co will get the deal done in time.

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I suspect that one of the reasons Tottenham opened talks with Barca regarding Fati is to put pressure on Forest to reduce their asking price for Johnson. I fully expect Spurs to get a deal for the Wales international over the line before the window slams shut.

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