Brighton are closing in on the assertion signing of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati.
Fati, who inherited Lionel Messi’s quantity 10 shirt on the Camp Nou, was linked with a loan swap to Tottenham earlier on Wednesday.
However the 20-year-old forward is now ioining the Seagulls with supervisor Roberto De Zerbi stated to be a key driver in the negotiations.
It’s set to be a season-long loan transfer, with no obligation to purchase.
Fati is predicted to endure a medical on the south coast on Thursday and put the ending touches to the shock swap.
Fati has been billed as a future famous person after coming by Barcelona’s academy and signed a six-year contract in 2021 that included a €1billion euro (£860m) buyout clause.
He made 51 appearances in all competitions final season however has featured in simply 47 minutes of LaLiga motion beneath Barca boss Xavi this season.
Now the Spain worldwide is poised for a transfer to the Premier League in search of extra sport time.
Tottenham entered the race to sign Fati on Tuesday as Nottingham Forest have been demanding £50million for predominant goal Brennan Johnson. It was additionally reported that Fati had been provided to Chelsea.
Nevertheless, Brighton come in with one thing that neither Spurs nor Chelsea can provide this season – European soccer.
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Brighton will play in Europe for the primary time in their historical past after sealing qualification to the Europa League with a sixth-placed end in final season’s Premier League.
The south coast membership have been busy in the switch window this summer season, together with the signings of Joao Pedro and James Milner. They’ve additionally banked simply shy of £200m by the gross sales of Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister and Robert Sanchez.
However the acquisition of the highly-rated Fati would ship out their strongest message but that they are trying to progress even additional.