Xavi and Barcelona chiefs clash over Ansu Fati's future amid Man United link

Manchester United strengthened their fight for a top-four spot with a 2-0 win over Sean Dyche’s Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Red Devils continue to take to their new surroundings like ducks to water under the guidance of new coach Erik ten Haag.

However, the 20-time English champions are nowhere close to being the final article, and the club will be looking for reinforcements in the summer, with several names being floated.

Interestingly, one such name is Barcelona’s Ansu Fati.

The talented youngster burst onto the scene in 2019 and became the youngest player to feature for the Blaugrana in over 80 years.

By scoring his first international goal against Spain against Ukraine, he became the youngest goalscorer at the age of 17 years and 311 days, accidentally breaking another record that had stood for 95 years.

Fati will inherit the historic number 10 shirt from Lionel Messi following his Argentine exit from the Nou Camp.

He has made 25 La Liga appearances for Barcelona this season, but has only started ten of them.

Fati’s father, acting as his agent, recently asked the youngster to leave the Nou Camp in a blast aimed at the club and its management, and it looks like he will get his wish sooner than expected.

According to Spanish Sport, Fati’s stay at Barcelona could soon be over as the 20-year-old will be among a series of ‘forced exits’ this summer.

According to the report, the player’s camp has announced that several clubs, especially Manchester United, are interested in acquiring his services.

Ferran Torres and Rafinha are on the casualty list and could be heading for the exit door.

Fatty’s stock has fallen significantly over the years, and the Spain international realizes he is worth just £31m in the current market.

If United can play their cards right and offer a hefty sum in the summer, they could find themselves a gem of a player in a relative bargain.

More to follow.

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