Xavi furious as Romano confirms Arsenal, Liverpool and Man Utd are battling to land Barcelona star
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Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all interested in signing Barcelona star Ansu Fati.
The Spanish youngster is one of Barcelona’s most prized academy products, having been promoted from the lauded Masia academy at just 16 years old in 2019.
The winger has since made 89 appearances for the Catalan giants, netting 25 times and claiming a further nine assists in that time.
However, after suffering several injury set-backs Fati has struggled to nail down a first-team spot this term, starting only seven times in La Liga.
The 20-year-old’s lack of game time has fuelled talk that he could leave Barcelona in the coming months, with Premier League giants United, Liverpool and Arsenal all thought to be interested.
Ansu Fati to the Premier League?
Romano has claimed that Fati could leave Barcelona should the club act on their reported interest in Atletico Madrid star Yannick Carrasco.
Romano said via his YouTube channel “There was some movement for the summer [for Fati].
“A domino because Barcelona have the chance to sign [Yannick] Carrasco for €20m.
“They still have to decide, but this could be crucial to understand the future of Ansu Fati who has clubs interested in the Premier League more than other leagues.
“Bayern Munich deny interest, but from the Premier League, there is interest.
“Barcelona president Joan Laporta said ‘we want to keep him, he’s part of our plans, we’re not thinking of selling the player… as of now’.
“But he said they can’t predict the future and added that Fati’s agent told them there are proposals and interest from other countries.”
The transfer guru added: “Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool were informed on the general situation of Ansu Fati.”
Xavi furious at Fati reports
Barcelona boss Xavi hit out at reports claiming Fati could be set for a summer move.
The 43-year-old insisted Fati is not for sale, adding: "I don't understand why this is being talked about now in our circles.
"There is no market now, so Ansu is not for sale. He is a very important player for us -- for now and for the future.
"I have extraordinary confidence in him. His performance will determine whether he gets more or fewer minutes. I really have blind confidence in him.
"He has to be a very important piece of the present and future. But he must be patient. There is too much haste in everything."
Xavi affirmed: "The January window is over and I don't know why we are talking about this. We have to focus on what is at stake. For me, it's clear that he has to continue."