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Report: Barcelona Have Rejected €100M Offer For 17-Year Old Ansu Fati

Report: Barcelona Have Rejected €100M Offer For 17-Year Old Ansu Fati

The Barcelona youth academy has few peers when it comes to their conveyer belt of talent. The Catalan club consistently produce top class players, with current players such as a Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, and Lionel Messi coming through the famed La Masia academy.

That doesn't even account for players of years gone by such as Xavi, Andres Iniesta, and Carles Puyol to name but a few. Certainly not a bad track record.

Of those who have come through recently, nobody seems to have a brighter future in the game than Ansu Fati. The winger made his Barcelona debut as a 16-year old earlier this season, becoming the youngest player to play for the club since 1941 in the process.

He has scored four goals in La Liga this season, as well as one in the Champions League. He is the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history as a result. Having only turned 17 in October, he doesn't seem all that far away from a Spain call-up.

While he is likely to be a huge part of the future in what is somewhat of an ageing Barcelona team, that hasn't stopped other clubs at taking an interest.

Spanish outlet SPORT are reporting that Barcelona have already turned down a €100million offer for Fati, which came from an unnamed 'top European club'.

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The bid surprised the hierarchy at the La Liga club, but it was rejected out of hand. They say he is not for sale at any price.

Considering the type of figures mentioned here, there are only a handful of clubs who could make such an offer. €100million would not have made Fati the most expensive teenager of all-time, a title held by Kylian Mbappe after PSG forked out a fee of up to €170million to sign him in 2017.

Still, for a player with just over half a season of first team experience, this is an outrageous offer. He could well be worth a lot more in a couple of years...

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Gary Connaughton

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