Talks between Barcelona and Ansu Fati ‘paused’ as Jorge Mendes ‘refuses €1 billion release clause’

Ansu Fati’s negotiations with Barcelona over a new deal have hit a brick wall, with Jorge Mendes reportedly unhappy over the terms offered to his client.

The 18-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Catalans are eager to tie the starlet to a new long-term deal, as they did with Pedri earlier this week.

However, according to Catalan outlet El Nacional, negotiations have proved far from straightforward. 

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Ansu Fati’s contract expires at the end of the season and negotiations with Barca have stalled

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The crux of the issue appears to be the length of the contract on offer.  

Due to Barcelona’s well-documented financial difficulties, Mendes, who recently replaced Lionel Messi’s father Jorge as Fati’s agent, has asked for a two-year extension.

The report indicates Mendes plans to sit down with Barcelona again before 2024 to negotiate a more lucrative deal for his client.

Conversely, the LaLiga giants are hoping to sign Fati to a long-term extension containing several performance bonuses and an increase in the base salary after each season.

The Catalans are keen to sign Fati to a long-term deal but he wants a two-year extension

Barcelona see the 18-year-old has a cornerstone of the club’s future and don’t want to lose him

Mendes has reportedly nixed the proposals and hit pause on the negotiations. While the Portuguese is aware of Fati’s desire to remain at the Nou Camp, he is also determined to secure the best deal for the teenager. 

Barcelona’s offer also reportedly included a €1 billion release clause (£840 million), which Mendes has no intention to agree to.

The Catalans slapped the same clause on Pedri’s contract, effectively pricing out any potential suitors, and want to do the same for the man who’s inherited Messi’s No 10 shirt.

Fati, however, is understood to be determined to retain a way out of the club, should he require it.

Pedri signed a five-year extension with Barca which included a €1 billion release clause

To complicate matters further, as reported by AS last month, Barcelona have signed a unilateral extension clause to extend Fati’s contract until 2024. 

The validity of the clause, however, is under scrutiny as players under 18 years of age cannot sign contracts longer than two years. 

Fati was 16 when he penned his current deal, but the report indicated Barca believe they could win the case.

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