Juventus were unsuccessful in their hopes of signing a terrific player from Barcelona, who would have taken the attack to a new level.
Barcelona have made some frantic transfers in recent times and one of those was the exchange of Arthur Melo and Miralem Pjanic with Juventus. Getting rid of a 23-year-old budding midfielder simply did not make sense, especially when they did not benefit much in terms of cash and had to settle for a 30-year-old.
Fortunately, they did not lose out on a perfect replacement for Lionel Messi as the Bianconeri also tried to approach the Blaugrana over a potential move for Ansu Fati. Calcio Mercato reports that the Catalans were prompt in turning down the Serie A side’s approach and did not allow room for any negotiations.
The 17-year-old has taken Europe by storm in the last few years and remains the only teenager to have scored two goals in the Champions League. In La Liga, the young forward keeps breaking records nearly every time he plays and most recently, he also became the youngest scorer in El Clasico history after netting against Real Madrid.
Such is the quality of the Guinea-Bissau born forward, who also has minutes and a goal with the Spain national team under his belt. Under Ronald Koeman, Ansu Fati has thrived and scored four goals in the Spanish top-flight already this season, leading the scoring charts with some illustrious players including former Barca duo Luis Suarez and Paco Alcacer.
Ansu Fati staying at Barcelona was always on the cards but given the decisions the current board has taken, it would not have come as any surprise had they gotten rid of the player especially in the midst of a crippled financial situation. On part of the Old Lady of Turin though, it comes as a blow as they do need a winger and Fati would have been perfect.
With that said, they are already in talks with Paulo Dybala and his agents over a potential contract renewal which comes as good news for the club. However, it is clear that they need some more quality in the roster following three draws in five Serie A outings and another approach for Ansu Fati who keeps improving must not be ruled out.