Man Utd ‘willing to pay’ £153m release clause for Barcelona star Ansu Fati

Manchester United are reportedly willing to pay Ansu Fati's £153m release clause, despite their reluctance at forking out Borussia Dortmund's £108m asking price for Jadon Sancho.

The finances involved in the Sancho deal would also include the player's £300,000-a-week wages and a bumper agent fee but it seems unlikely that the Red Devils would abandon their pursuit of Sancho over the price and then pursue Fati for over £100m.

However, Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo are reporting that United are prepared to pay Barcelona the £153m required to prise him away from the Nou Camp.

Barcelona, on the other hand, are hopeful that the 17-year-old will agree a new contract with an increased £360m release clause.

Incumbent club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has long been adamant that Fati is not for sale, claiming recently that he wants him to stay at Barcelona "for life".

"There have been no formal offers but there has been interest from some clubs," Bartomeu told Sport. "Barcelona's answer has been: 'No.' He's essential for the future of the club. Ansu is not for sale.

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"He represents the academy the players come out of, learn from and consolidate themselves in the first team. He's unique because he jumped from the youth team to the first team.

"There are not many players like him and Barcelona cannot sell him, even if it would be an economic solution for the club in the times of this pandemic.

"At no time have we considered selling him. On the contrary: what we have to do is help him in his growth and get him to sign a new contract in the future, so that he plays here for life."

Fati has made 33 senior appearances in all competitions for Barcelona this season, netting eight goals and providing one assist.

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