Manchester United ‘make fresh enquiry for Barcelona teen sensation Ansu Fati as alternative to Jadon Sancho’ but Catalan side are determined to keep hold of wonderkid
- Manchester United have set their sights on Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati
- The Red Devils are struggling in Jadon Sancho negotiations and Fati is a back-up
- Barca are determined to keep hold of the 17-year-old highly-rated starlet
Manchester United have reportedly renewed their interest in Barcelona star Ansu Fati as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho following their continued deadlock in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund.
The 17-year-old is known previously to have been of interest to United after scoring eight goals in his first professional season, but the Catalan club are desperate to keep hold of the wonderkid.
United have had their eyes set on Sancho for much of the transfer window but continue to be frustrated by Dortmund’s £108million valuation of the England international.
Manchester United have reportedly made a fresh enquiry for Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati
United are having problems in negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over Jadon Sancho
After continued difficulty in negotiations boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been forced to look elsewhere and the Red Devils have made a fresh enquiry for Fati, according to Spanish publication Sport.
The same publication reported last month that the players agent Jorge Mendes revealed United were in pole position to bring the player to Old Trafford.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lining up alternatives if the Sancho deal is not completed
The report from Sport suggests that Fati would end up as a cheaper alternative to Sancho due to the starlet’s lower wage demands at this stage.
The player only negotiated a new three-year deal with Barca in December which included a release clause of £144m, but the club could look to raise that to a staggering £360m as they look to send a message that Fati is not for sale, according to Marca.
The teenager has enjoyed an impressive debut season for Barca and has scored eight goals
United remain determined to secure the signature of Sancho despite a number of issues surfacing this week in talks with the German club.
Last week, the deal appeared to be heading in the right direction but talks have stalled with United balking at Sancho’s wage demands and Dortmund’s valuation of the winger.
Dortmund chief Michael Zorc declared on Monday that Sancho will remain with them next season and the 20-year-old has now underlined his happiness at the club.
Speaking to BVB-TV on Wednesday, Sancho said: ‘I love playing with this lot. It is a special bunch.
Dortmund’s club president stated Sancho is going nowhere and will play for them next season
‘We’ve got some special young players coming up. I am really happy to share the pitch with them and guide them.
‘I was once in their shoes, playing with the seniors. I am happy for them.’
Sancho played 45 minutes in Dortmund’s pre-season friendly win over Rheindorf Altach in Austria on Wednesday.
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