Ansu Fati may soon be moving to Brighton & Hove Albion on a loan deal, according to a late tip from Fabrizio Romano last night.
And with all eyes on Joao Felix this summer, the departure of the 20-year-old La Masia star might open the door for Barcelona to sign one more player.
Barcelona is nearing finalising the Felix deal. Alex Pintanel claims that Barcelona will finalise the signing of Joao Felix this week.
This follows rumours that Fati might be moving to Brighton soon, which would allow Barcelona to gain some FFP margin.
According to prior rumours, Barça had to sell one of its attackers in order to sign Felix. The most likely candidate thought to be Abde Ezzalzouli, but it looks Fati is now planning to depart the club.
Barcelona’s offensive unit, which has been dealing with Ousmane Dembele’s departure, may benefit from the acquisition of Felix.
For his side, Xavi was hesitant to sign Felix and preferred to sign Bernardo Silva, a fellow countryman.
However, the Portuguese international player’s price tag was too high for the Blaugrana, and the player ultimately signed a contract extension with Manchester City.
The only option left for Barcelona is to pursue Felix, who is coming off a disastrous loan stint at Chelsea during the second half of last season.
According to the source, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Felix are very close to finalising their three-way agreement.
The operation has been unlocked in large part by Jorge Mendes and Deco, but the Catalans still need to settle their outstanding FFP difficulties if they want the sale to close without any delays.
The former SL Benfica star has extensive La Liga experience and can play a variety of roles in the final third, which is good news for Xavi.
Felix could help Barcelona this season if he can increase his defensive work-rate.