Barcelona respond to Arsenal after their ‘very tempting offer’ for talented star

Arsenal's pursuit of Barcelona's young talent Ansu Fati has hit a roadblock as the Spanish club have reportedly rejected a 'very tempting offer' from the Gunners.

Arsenal face another problem in that despite limited starts last season, Fati is understood to be determined to stay at the Nou Camp and fight for his place in the team. The 20-year-old, who made only 12 starts out of his 36 La Liga appearances last season, still managed to contribute seven goals and three assists to Barcelona's successful campaign.

Players like Raphinha and Ousmane Dembele often kept him out of the starting XI. This led to speculation about Fati's potential departure from his boyhood club.

According to Spanish outlet Sport (via the Express), Arsenal recently expressed their interest in Fati and made an offer that was considered tempting by Barcelona. However, Fati has no desire to leave and wants to prove himself at the club this season, with the La Liga giants rejecting the bid.

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The exact details of Arsenal's offer have not been disclosed, but Fati has a release clause in his contract set at around £860 million (€1 billion). With four more years left on his contract, he still has ample time to make his mark at Barcelona.

The potential departure of Dembele, who is linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, could open up more opportunities for Fati in the Barcelona squad. Club president Joan Laporta has expressed confidence in the Spain international's abilities and stated that the player is determined to succeed under manager Xavi.

"He wants to succeed at Barca. He has a gift, which is as a scorer. Xavi told me that in training the ones who score the most goals are [Robert] Lewandowski and Ansu," said Laporta.

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"He comes off an injury, he had a relapse. Ansu wants to succeed at Barca, Xavi is determined to give him opportunities. There are players ahead but we must make rotation the norm and not rotate out of necessity as has happened this season.

"It is one of the pending subjects: make a rotation to avoid more injuries. We have Raphinha, Dembele, Ansu, Lewandowski, Abde [Ezzalzouli] and Ferran [Torres]. It’s very nice."

Fati's father, Bori Fati, had previously encouraged his son to consider leaving Barcelona due to his limited playing time but revealed that Ansu wants to stay at the club. He said: "When I sat down with Jorge Mendes [Fati's agent], the first thing he told me was that Ansu wants to stay and will continue playing for Barcelona.

"But I, as a father, thought otherwise, and Ansu doesn't agree with that."

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