Manchester United have again been rebuffed by Barcelona in their efforts to sign Ansu Fatu despite upping their offer to an astonishing £135million, according to reports.

Rumours emerged earlier this month that Jorge Mendes had contacted Barca’s hierarchy on behalf of United to enquire about Fati’s availability, tabling an initial offer worth €100m (£90m).

That was rejected, though it did not deter United from preparing a second, improved offer to try and convince the Catalan club to part ways with their talented teenager.

 According to The Times, that second offer added an additional €50m (£45m) in performance-related addons, taking the total value to £135m – though it has again been rejected by Barcelona.

Instead, Barca told the intermediary working on behalf of United that Fati can only leave if his €170m (£153m) release clause is triggered, a fee that would need to be stumped up in full without any clauses.

Despite having a second bid rejected, United have not given up hope of signing Fati and believe Barca’s stance could change in the coming weeks and months if they fail to offload other senior players.

The Spanish champions are dealing with the financial implications of the coronavirus crisis – even asking the players to take a second pay cut, which they declined – and need to sell before they can buy.    Continue reading

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