Brighton are hoping to pull off the statement signing of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, talkSPORT understands..
Earlier on Wednesday, Fati—who was once predicted to succeed Lionel Messi at Camp Nou—was mentioned in connection with a loan move to Tottenham.
But with manager Roberto De Zerbi reportedly playing a significant role in the negotiations, the 20-year-old attacker may now sign with the Seagulls.
With only 47 minutes of LaLiga involvement this season, Fati has lost favor with Xavi at Barca.
According to rumors, Barcelona demands that any team that signs Fati pay his entire salary.
Tuesday saw Spurs enter the race to sign Fati as Nottingham Forest increased their demand for top target Brennan Johnson to £50 million. Additionally, it was said that Chelsea had been promised Fati.
Brighton, on the other hand, brings something to the table this season that neither Spurs nor Chelsea can: European football.
With a sixth-place finish in the Premier League last season, Brighton qualified for the Europa League and will compete in Europe for the first time in their history.
This summer’s transfer window saw activity at the south coast club, which included the hirings of James Milner and Joao Pedro. Through the sales of Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister, and Robert Sanchez, they have also earned just under £200 million.
But the purchase of the acclaimed Fati would be their biggest indication yet that they want to advance.
Ange Postecoglou has made a strong start at Spurs with Carabao Cup exit his first slight…
In his 85 days as Tottenham’s manager, Ange Postecoglou hasn’t made many mistakes. He handled Harry Kane’s departure deftly, spoke openly and sensibly in public, and rapidly put together a team to reclaim the club’s reputation as the champions of attacking flair.
The fact that Fulham made nine changes and was eliminated from the Carabao Cup before the end of August is not a good look, despite the fact that Spurs had a fantastic start to their Premier League campaign and fans were happy to have a manager who knew their team again.
It transpires that Postecoglou is not the last romantic. Like the others, he is a realist who understands that Daniel Levy will ultimately judge him based on how he performs in the league because that is what generates revenue and status abroad. Top four, good. A return to Europe is a development. Any other words, tut-tut.
At Fulham, he could have had a recognizable first team and still lost. Though AFC Wimbledon was not drawn at home, perception is crucial.
Make four or five changes, and it still appears as though you want a shot at the cup competition that is most likely to be won this season—the only one that Manchester City last time left behind for the others. Make nine, and it appears suspiciously as though you aren’t too concerned.
It is Postecoglou’s first minor error since joining Tottenham. One that, if everything goes according to plan, he will get past. one that, if ignored, will only come back to haunt him.
Antonio Conte had it happen to him. The public character assassination of his players following a draw at Southampton was viewed by supporters as being worse than resting Harry Kane and losing an FA Cup match at Sheffield United.
Postecoglou claimed that seeing other players in action was the main factor in his choice of Fulham. The “discovery stage” is what he dubbed it.
Furthermore, even at this point of the game, we are all conditioned to understand that players who have traveled the world for preseason friendly when they should be improving their fitness cannot be expected to play three times per week.