Ansu Fati has signed a new long-term contract at Barcelona which includes a €400 million (£367m/$468m) buy-out clause.
Fati, who will now wear the No.22 shirt vacated by Arturo Vidal, has put pen to paper on deal which will see him remain on Barca’s books through to 2024, after enjoying a superb breakthrough campaign at Camp Nou in 2019-20.
The 17-year-old’s original agreement was due to expire in two years, but the Blaugrana have managed to tie him down to fresh terms and increase his original release clause by €230m (£211m/$269m).
Barca have also officially unveiled Fati as a senior level player ahead of his 18th birthday on October 31, and he will be expected to play an even larger role in the team over the course of the new La Liga season, which kicked off last weekend.
At the age of 16 years and 298 days, the Spanish winger became the second-youngest player in the club’s history to be handed his full debut during a 5-2 win against Real Betis on August 25, 2019, before becoming their youngest goalscorer of all-time a 2-2 draw with Osasuna a week later.
Fati has since racked up a total of 42 appearances across all competitions for Barca, scoring 12 goals, and has also managed to make his mark on the international stage. Continue reading