Ansu Fati scored in Barcelona’s 4-2 win over Tottenham in the Joan Gamper match. However, his future with the Catalan side remains very much up in the air. Especially given Xavi Hernandez’s comments following the match.
“We will see, we depend a lot on [Financial] Fair play,” Xavi said when asked about Ansu Fati’s future. “He is training and playing very well, but the market is open until August 31.”
Not exactly words of confidence from the Barcelona manager.
Fati has recently been linked with a move away with Paris Saint-Germain, a club from Saudi Arabia and even some Premier League sides reportedly interested in him. There were also reports claiming had finally opened the door on a possible exit.
However, according to Sport, Fati is determined to stay and fight for a place in the team.
Earlier in the summer, he was being offered to Wolverhampton Wanderers to facilitate a move for Ruben Neves. He didn’t want to go and Xavi didn’t want Neves so that deal went nowhere.
Judging on how preseason has gone for Ansu Fati, he appears to be getting closer to the Ansu Fati of the old — the one before all the injuries.
Given the departure of Ousmane Dembélé, Barcelona may have to count on Fati to be that difference maker that they hoped Dembélé could be.
But Barcelona’s financial situation looms large as they still have yet to register all their players and the start of the league season is only a couple of days away. In potentially selling Ansu Fati, not only would they possibly be getting a significant fee, they could also use the majority, if not all of it, to register all of their players.
Barring an offer that is too good to refuse and a complete change of mind from Ansu Fati, he’s likely to be a part of the squad come their first match this Sunday against Getafe. But until the transfer window officially closes, anything can happen.