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Barcelona are pondering over a loan move for Ansu Fati this summer

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Ansu Fati is one of the brightest prospects that La Masia have produced in the last decade. However, his progress at Barcelona has been hindered due to recurring injury issues. The Spanish international was considered to be the successor to Lionel Messi at Camp Nou. He was even given the number 10 jersey previously donned by the newly crowned World Champion.

The winger has been injury free this season and has recently returned to form. However, he is not high on the pecking order at Barcelona for Xavi Hernandez. The club is considering a loan move for the 20-year-old this summer to afford him more playing time.

It is interesting because the club did not loan the player when he first broke into the first team. The position of the club was always to keep him and help him develop. The question that will come before Barcelona are who will be willing to foot his astronomically high wage.

Chelsea, Juventus, and AC Milan are options for Barcelona

Ansu Fati may have to leave on loan for getting more playing time. There are a few top clubs that can be interested in the young Spaniard. Juventus are struggling with attacking options and lacks the depth to compete on multiple fronts. A season-long loan move for a hot prospect can be attractive for them to figure out a long-term plan.

However, finances are not the strongest suit for Juventus at this stage. Another Italian option is the reigning Serie A Champions, AC Milan. Their talisman, Rafael Leao, has been linked with a move away from the club this summer. Interestingly enough, the links are to Chelsea, the third possible destination for Ansu Fati.

The Rossoneri can fill the void for one season with Ansu Fati and sign a long-term replacement in the meantime. Chelsea on the other hand is a suitable destination because AC Milan are reluctant to sell Rafael Leao. The blues are desperately trying to add a winger to the squad and Ansu Fati can be a good option temporarily if they fail to land Rafael Leao.

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