Man Utd frontrunners to land wantaway Barcelona star Ansu Fati
Barcelona whizz-kid Ansu Fati may depart La Liga during the summer transfer window, with Manchester United reportedly in the lead to sign him if contract negotiations fail.
According to Diario SPORT, Jorge Mendes, Fati's representative, has already contacted the Red Devils to explore the possibility of a move to Old Trafford for his client.
Despite having over four years remaining on his contract at Camp Nou, the highly-rated 20-year-old could leave at the end of the 2022/23 season after being pushed down the pecking order.
Fati, widely regarded as Lionel Messi's heir at Barcelona, inherited the coveted No. 10 jersey after the Argentine moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.
However, instead of establishing himself as a leader in Xavi Hernandez's revamped Barca squad, the gifted Spaniard has vanished from the stage this term.
Having spent most of the season on the bench behind Raphinha, Gavi, and Ferran Torres, Fati appears to have had enough and wants to change the scenery to get his career back on track.
As Ansu's father Bori, via Fabrizio Romano, recently stated, it is unacceptable for a player of Ansu's caliber to be a benchwarmer.
Ansu Fati's limited playing time at Barcelona has left his Mendes with no choice but to seek out potential Premier League suitors for a lucrative transfer should the player decide to leave Camp Nou.
The Red Devils appear to be the frontrunners, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and Newcastle United serving as fallback options in case talks with United break down.
Ten Hag's fondness for promising young talents may play a crucial role in persuading Fati to choose Old Traffrd, assuming that his father's recent remarks fall on deaf ears at Barcelona.