Ansu Fati has signed a new deal with Barcelona with a mammoth €400 million (£367 million) release clause (Goal). This comes just over a year after the talented young winger agreed to join West Ham from Barca, according to the Daily Mail.
At the time, the Daily Mail claimed that the 17-year-old’s family agreed for the future superstar to leave the Camp Nou in order to join the Hammers.
In fairness to the West Ham owners, it was no fault of their own that they ended up missing out on Fati.
The east Londoners allegedly had an agreement in place to sign the 17-year-old before the deal collapsed due to issues with the Spaniard’s passport, according to Bleacher Report.
So we can hardly blame David Sullivan and David Gold for that. But missing out on such a remarkable talent will still undoubtedly irk the Hammers faithful.
Fati has now signed a new five-year deal with La Liga giants Barcelona (Goal), and it will take an eye-watering £367 million to prise him away from Catalonia.
And it’s very much a case of what might have been once again for West Ham.
Fati could go on to become one of the best players in world football. So it could be argued that he wouldn’t have been at the London Stadium for very long, had he indeed swapped Barcelona for West Ham last summer.