Barcelona are set to start negotiations with teenage sensation Ansu Fati over a new long-term contract at the club, Goal can confirm.
The 17-year-old wonderkid again hit the headlines in the past week, first becoming Spain’s youngest debutant since 1936 in the match against Germany, before scoring on his first-ever start versus Ukraine to become the nation’s youngest-ever goalscorer.
Talks about a new contract for Fati would have likely already begun if it wasn’t for the saga surrounding Lionel Messi’s future, with the Guinea-Bissau-born attacker’s current deal set to expire in June 2022.
Sources within Fati’s camp have told Goal the player is keen to stay at Barcelona, but he wants assurances about his progression to regular first-team football.
He is enjoying his recent achievements and wants to ensure that he is able to capitalise on these moments to keep his career moving forward.
Fati’s contract negotiations will be handled by super agent Jorge Mendes, who has been booked in for meetings by Barcelona over the next few days.
It is understood that Barcelona want to increase the player’s current release clause of €170 million (£153m/$201m) to €400m (£360m/$472m) in the new contract proposal.
Fati has earned comparisons with Messi following his meteoric rise over the last 12 months from La Masia talent to potential superstar.
He became Barca’s second youngest debutant in history – aged 16 years, 298 days – against Real Betis in August last year, before becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer only six days after his first appearance.