According to a report from Spanish publication Marca, Barcelona are trying to insert a £360 million buy-out clause into the contract of wonderkid Ansu Fati. And that would undoubtedly spell the end of West Ham’s hopes of signing the talented teenager.
Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to add to his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
Especially with Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini, Albian Ajeti, Andriy Yarmolenko and Sebastien Haller all allegedly up for sale (ExWHUemployee).
And Barcelona ace Ansu Fati was a transfer target for West Ham last summer, according to Bleacher Report. 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.
Mundo Deportivo then claimed that the Hammers’ interest in signing Fati remained very much alive.
But it seems as though West Ham’s dream of bringing the future superstar to the London Stadium is over before it even truly started.
Marca claims that Barca want Fati to stay at the Camp Nou for life. And the Cataln giants are trying to agree a new deal with the winger that would see a £360 million buy-out clause inserted into his contract.
The 17-year-old racked up seven goals in 24 La Liga appearances for Barcelona this season. In those outings, he averaged 1.4 shots, 0.8 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game (Who Scored).
The teenager is one of the most exciting young talents on the continent. But unfortunately for West Ham fans, it seems highly unlikely that he will be rocking up at the London Stadium anytime soon.