Report: Barcelona to hand contract to Newcastle United linked Ansu Fati

Anssumane Fati of FC Barcelona U19 celebrates 0-1 with teammates during the    match between PSV U19 v FC Barcelona U19 at the De Herdgang on November 28, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

Newcastle United and Manchester United were among the clubs linked with a move for Ansu Fati in the summer.

Anssumane Fati of FC Barcelona U19 celebrates 0-1 with teammates during the    match between PSV U19 v FC Barcelona U19 at the De Herdgang on November 28, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

Barcelona are set to hand Ansu Fati a new bumper contract, just months after he was linked with a move to Newcastle United.

The Daily Record suggested that Newcastle and Manchester United were among the clubs competing to sign Fati over the summer, when it appeared he could be available on the cheap.

Newcastle were hoping to get hold of the wonderkid by just paying compensation to Barca, as he was still on a youth contract.

 

However, Barcelona now want to protect themselves against the prospect of losing the forward, and will offer him a new deal.

Barca want to put an £88.5 million release clause into his senior contract, and hand him £620,000 to pen the deal, which will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2024.

Anssumane Fati of FC Barcelona U19 competes for the ball with Luca Netz of Hertha Berlin U19 during the UEFA Youth League round of 16 round 2 at Mini Estadi on March 12, 2019 in Barcelona,...

It seems, therefore, that Newcastle’s chance to sign Fati has now passed once and for all.

And Newcastle may be left to look back at what might have been, if the teenager does go on to fulfil his potential in Spain.

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