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17-06-2020 | 17:19 Football
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Balague claims Manchester United are being ‘used’ by Barcelona

Guillem Balague has dismissed reports that Manchester United have made a huge offer to sign Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to sign another striker. While Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund is their top target, but United have reportedly had also made Fati a top consideration. United tried to lure away Fati from Barca as a 16-year-old in their Academy last season. But last July he agreed a contract until 2022 and a month later he has made his first-team debut. Fati has scored five goals in 20 La Liga and Champions League appearances. United recently submitted a €100million bid for the 17-year-old Spain U21 international, according to Sport. However, talk of a huge approach from Man Utd was quickly denied by Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana. “For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him,” Vilajoana said. “We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team. However, Balague has ruled out talk that Man Utd have made an offer. The Spanish football expert also believes United are being used by one of the game’s top agents. Balague tweeted: “United never made an offer [for Fati]. [Agent] Jorge Mendes talked to Barcelona before the pandemic about possible interest, but club told him he’s not for sale. I feel Mendes is trying to convince the player he should be his agent. At the moment, Fati’s father is advised by Rodrigo Messi.” And in a follow-up tweet, Balague confirmed he felt Man Utd were being used. “The English club say they are being used by Barcelona and Jorge Mendes as they have no interest in the player.” Source: Football365

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