Not too long ago, Ansu Fati was seen as the next big thing at Barcelona and was even given the no.10 shirt upon Lionel Messi's unplanned exit from the club. However, fast forward to today and the Spaniard is on the brink of leaving La Liga for the Premier League.
The 20-year-old has lost the faith of Xavi and is set to leave Catalonia in search of regular playing time. That search has taken him to England, but despite his undeniable talent, he will not be joining one of the traditional Big Six.
Tottenham were interested in the Masia graduate but Fati is on the break of joining another Premier League side. That team is none other than the exciting Brighton, with the Seagulls winning the race for the Spaniard's signature.
Fati will head over to the Amex on a season-long loan with no option to buy. The attacker's history with injuries means Brighton avoided spending big on a potentially injury-prone player while the Blaugrana retain this talent, making it a win-win for all parties.
According to Fabrizio Romano, 80 percent of Ansu's salary will be covered by Brighton, with the Spaniard only needing to undergo a medical after an agreement was struck late on Wednesday.
Ansu Fati will travel to England in less than 1h to complete his loan move to Brighton — as #BHAFC will cover 80% of his salary.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2023
Agreement reached yesterday night as revealed, now time to formally complete the move from Barça.
Here we go, confirmed. pic.twitter.com/SiGcGlpwSc
Roberto de Zerbi, Brighton's highly-rated head coach, was a key reason as to why Fati chose Brighton over other clubs. Tottenham were interested but their pursuit of Brennan Johnson took priority.