In July, Barcelona confirmed Ansu Fati had signed a deal until 2022, with an option to further extend it by two more years and €100m release clause included.
Prior to committing his future to the La Liga winners, there were several clubs chasing the 16-year-old and this includes West Ham United.
Journalist Miguel Rico, writing on the last page of Mundo Deportivo explains the Hammers, along with Real Madrid, Sevilla and OGC Nice held talks with the youngster’s family.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side even spoke to various agents who were trying to help the player’s father obtain an advantageous economic package. It’s claimed the aforementioned clubs came close to finding an agreement, but it was cut short by the inclusion of new conditions.
Barca’s academy director José Mari Bakero and Lionel Messi’s brother, Rodrigo Messi, who is managing Fati, were instrumental in the young forward’s decision to commit his future to the Camp Nou.
Rico explains that without Bakero’s efforts, Fati would no longer be at Barcelona.
Fati has made three appearances for Ernesto Valverde’s side this season and has already scored two goals and made an assist.
It was admirable effort from West Ham, even if it ultimately failed.