Manchester United asked super agent Jorge Mendes about the availability of Barcelona star Ansu Fati as he was embroiled in talks over Cristiano Ronaldo’s return this summer, according to reports.
United were able to strike a sensational deal to bring Ronaldo back after 12 years following his decision to leave Juventus, and the veteran has made a tremendous impact as he has already scored three goals.
But, as claimed by Mundo Deportivo, the club may have set their sights on bringing in another attacker before closing the recent window after they launched an investigation into teenage sensation Fati.
Manchester United have launched an investigation into Barcelona prodigy Ansu Fati at Jorge Mendes
The 18-year-old has only one year left at the Camp Nou, and it is believed that Mendes, also his representative, has offered him to a host of top clubs across Europe, including Manchester City.
United attracted understandable interest and Fati was also asked about by United, who suggested the idea of signing him possibly next summer. However, Barcelona are confident that their child prodigy will sign a new contract.
Mendes has been Ronaldo’s agent for more than 18 years and, as is his lofty reputation, he has also been associated with Jose Mourinho, David de Gea and Ruben Dias. He has a good relationship with the hierarchy at United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly keen to sign Fati to bolster his star-studded strike force
But even this probably wouldn’t have convinced Mendes and Barcelona to strike a deal to send Fati to Old Trafford, as the troublesome attacker, who is also a graduate of the academy, is seen as the future in Catalonia.
After Lionel Messi’s shocking departure and Antoine Griezmann’s return to Atletico Madrid, Fati is under more pressure than ever to perform and perform. He has also been awarded Messi’s sacred former number 10 jersey.
It is believed United have been keen in the past to get their hands on Fati, but the hefty £357m break clause included in his terms made any approach impossible.
Fati started making waves in the Barcelona first team in August 2019 when he was just 16, scoring seven goals in 24 LaLiga appearances in his impressive first season.
Super agent Mendes is Fati’s representative and helped seal Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to United
Ronaldo (left) has already scored three goals for United since his emotional homecoming
The following December, he became the youngest goalscorer in Champions League history after scoring the winner against Inter Milan.
Spain has also deployed Fati four times to date, with Luis Enrique choosing to give the exciting talent his international debut last year.
He is currently recovering from a serious knee injury sustained last November and is expected to return to action in the middle of next month.
Meanwhile, his would-be supporters, United, endured a nightmarish start to the new Champions League campaign after suffering a shocking 2-1 defeat at Young Boys.
Fati (pictured) is currently recovering from the serious knee injury sustained last November
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for an awkward outing after Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring in Bern, and the hosts went on to go for a memorable win.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned his United side must learn from their mistakes or risk another early group stage elimination.
“Discipline is a big part of the game in football in general, not just the Champions League,” Solskjaer said.
“A lack of concentration, you make a mistake and you’re done.
United were left stunned after crashing to a 2-1 Champions League defeat at Young Boys
“We did that last year when we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game in the last seconds today.
“So we know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task. We did that last year when everyone thought we were done after two games.
“You need 10 or 12 points: win your home games and one away from home.
“We lost the chance to get three points, but now we have two home games left and we need to focus on those two.”