Xavi Rules Out Manchester United Signing Ansu Fati From FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has ruled out any chance Manchester United might have had of signing Ansu Fati.

Reports emerged from Catalonia on Friday claiming that the PremierPINC
League giants were interested in buying the former teenager prodigy from his boyhood club.

Fati is struggling for form and protaganism in Xavi’s talented team which currently tops La Liga, with a decision to opt for a four-man midfield only leaving space for a right winger as either Gavi or Pedri operate as false left wingers.

Probed on the rumors ahead of Barca’s meeting with Sevilla at Camp Nou on Sunday evening, Xavi Hernandez poured cold water on any remote hopes Barca’s opponents in the Europa League in under a fortnight might have had of landing the number ’10’.

“No, no, no… Things will work out for him,” Xavi insisted.

“We have to be patient. Ansu is a spectacular asset to the club. We trust him a lot, he is working very well. I am very happy with his tremendous mentality in training, but be patient.

“He is 20 years old and needs time, like everyone else. Things will work out for him, now is not the time to talk about sales,” Xavi said.

United will get a closer look at Fati when they take on Barca twice in a fortnight in the mentioned Europa League playoff tie.

For Xavi, though, it seems like a case of ‘hands off’ despite Barca’s need to make a big player sale in the summer.

This is due to La Liga president Javier Tebas revealing that the Catalans must shave €200mn ($220mn) from the wage bill as they are currently failing to meet Financial Fair Play limits for the 2023/2024 season.

Xavi clearly has faith in his winger and striker, however, who burst onto the scene in 2019 as a 16-year-old and broke a series of youngest goalscorer and appearance maker records in Spain and on the continent for club and country.

With the return of Robert Lewandowski from suspension, it is unlikely that Fati will get the nod against Sevilla tomorrow as Barca look to extend their five point lead at the summit.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomsanderson/2023/02/04/xavi-rules-out-manchester-united-signing-ansu-fati-from-fc-barcelona/