An unnamed Premier League club - believed to be Manchester United - offered Barcelona a figure of €150m for wonderkid Ansu Fati this summer, shortly before the Catalan giants increased his buy-out clause.
Fati has been a shining light in a miserable season for Barça, and his incredible rise to fame has seen him capped at international level by the senior Spanish side. The winger's promising displays have convinced his current employers to protect their assets fiercely, raising his buy-out clause from €170m to €400m.
But according to Marca, that clause was close to being activated in the summer. Jorge Mendes, the famous super-agent, offered la Blaugrana €150m (€125m up front and €25m in bonuses) for the 17-year-old's services, acting on behalf of an unnamed Premier League side.
However, it is firmly believed that the bid arrived from the red side of Manchester, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to rebuild his team, and potentially testing other avenues than the much-anticipated move for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.
Barcelona were not interested nor swayed by the bright lights of the big money offer, and rejected it flat out, without even considering opening any negotiations. The Catalan giants have since doubled down on their stance, offering Fati a new long-term - and lucrative - contract with his current club, handing him the 22 jersey and increasing his buyout clause to an eye-watering €400m.
His current deal expires in the summer of 2022, and Barça are hoping that their future talisman will agree to extend his stay even further, while providing a substantial improvement on his current salary.
Fati made 24 appearances for la Blaugrana last season, scoring seven goals and providing one assist, as he emerged as a ray of hope during a turbulent and dismal campaign for the former Liga champions.