Brighton & Hove Albion have launched an audacious bid to sign Barcelona starlet Ansu Fati, sources have confirmed to 90min.
The Seagulls were in the market for a wide forward after failing to secure a deal for Mohammed Kudus, who joined West Ham United last week, but now the prospect of landing Spanish teenager Fati has emerged an alternative.
Barca have been open to the prospect of Fati moving all summer. But, until now, the home-grown 20-year-old with more than 100 senior appearances under his belt has been reluctant.
Sources have confirmed to 90min that progress of 16-year-old Lamine Yamal, which has served to push Fati further down the pecking order at Camp Nou, has now persuaded him that a loan move for this season could be the way forward.
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Tottenham Hotspur have shown an interest, although their preferred option for that role remains Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson – whilst West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa had all shown an interest in the past. Arsenal and Chelsea are also among those who have been on alert.
However, Brighton have stepped in and head coach Roberto De Zerbi is understood to be pushing hard to convince Fati that a move to the Amex Stadium is the ideal next stop for him.
Brighton have now opened talks with Barca and the player’s agent over a prospective loan and sources close to the club insist they are ‘confident’ a deal can be finalised.
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