In what is sure to be good news for Barcelona and their supporters, the club is closing in on a new deal for Ansu Fati.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Mateu Alemany, Barça’s director of football, had a meeting with Fati’s agent, Jorge Mendes in Porto and have come to an agreement in principle on an extension. The new deal could potentially see the 18-year-old tied to the Catalan side until 2027.
The report goes on to say that Barcelona had been working with Mendes for the better part of two months on reaching an agreement.
Ansu Fati informed his agent he only wanted Barcelona stay
Fati made his intentions well known early on in the process and told Mendes he only wanted to stay at Barcelona.
The club certainly appreciated his loyalty and, in a way, repaid it by not activating a clause in his current deal that would have automatically extended it for two more seasons. His current deal ran out in 2022.
Similar to Pedri, Fati is set to have a release clause of €1 billion — that both teenagers have such a high release clause shows how crucial Barcelona see them.
Manager Ronald Koeman was asked about the deal in his press conference ahead of their crucial Champions League match against Dynamo Kyiv.
“I know they are close to agreeing a new contract with Ansu,” Barca coach Koeman said in a news conference on Tuesday. “It’s big news for Barca because we’re talking about someone that can mark the club’s long-term future.”
It was important for Barcelona to be able to hold on to a player that, as Koeman said, could mark a difference for at least the next decade. Since he returned from injury, he’s scored twice in the league and shown why the club missed him so much when he was out.
With the departure of Lionel Messi, he, alongside Pedri, are players the club is going to build around.
Given their financial situation, there were concerns that other European giants could entice Fati with a better deal.
All that is left is for Fati to sign the new deal and everything will be set. The plan is for Barcelona to be able to make an official announcement prior to the game against Real Madrid.
With Fati and Pedri’s deal as good as done, next on the agenda are renewals for Gavi and Ronald Araujo.