The contract situation of their main man Ansu Fati has left Barcelona in a very tricky situation. The Catalan giants are unable to renew the deal of Fati alongside other players of the club.
According to Marca, the talks for contract extension between the club and the players are going very slowly. This is a cause of worry for Barcelona who cannot afford to lose the likes of Fati. Currently, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Sergi Roberto all have their contracts ending in 2022.
Barcelona is going through a very difficult time on and off the field. The poor financial situation is affecting the teams’ performance as they are not able to compete with the other major clubs. Hence the club needs to renew the contract of their current stars like Fati or else they risk losing them on a free transfer.
RENEWING FATI CONTRACT A KEY TARGET FOR BARCELONA
“The renewal of Sergi Roberto has been agreed and the only thing missing is the signature,” said Joan Laporta, the president of FC Barcelona. However, there seems to be no progress regarding the renewal.
Sergi Roberto is 29 and Barca could afford to lose him next summer. But that is not the case for Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati. Dembele was signed by Borussia Dortmund in 2017, for a fee that is reported to be more than €120 million including the add-ons. To lose him on a free next summer will be another financial blow for Barcelona.
As for Ansu Fati, the Spaniard is one of the most important players for the club. He came through the ranks of La Masia and made a name for himself in the 2019/20 season. Though injuries limited his time last season, the 18-year-old is finally back on the pitch.
Fati is another example of the success of the Barcelona Academy, La Masia. His talent is very evident and is also a reason why the club gave him the number 10 jersey when Lionel Messi left this summer.
Barcelona has a lot of hopes on Fati and the player and his agent Jorge Mendes are aware of it. Mendes will surely look to extract the most value for his client and is a reason for the contract talks to move at such a slow pace. But if Barcelona cannot renew the contract, Fati could sign a pre-agreement with other clubs. This will surely be a scenario, no one in the Barca hierarchy want to go through with.
It is common for the players and agents to slow down the contract talks to better their demands. But the financial situation of Barcelona is so bad that the club might not be able to meet the demands. It is surely going to be a hard season for the Blaugrana, but if they can renew the contracts, it will be a big relief.
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