Brighton are just one step away from completing a deal to bring wonderkid Ansu Fati to the Amex Stadium in a season-long deal that will represent a major coup for the ambitious Seagulls.
The 20-year-old Spanish international is set to fly to England on Thursday having been convinced to spend the 2023/24 campaign at Albion by Brighton boss Roberto de Zerbi.
Fait, who has already collected nine caps for La Roja, is widely considered to be one of the best young footballers in Europe, though injuries have hampered his progress of late.
The Barca academy graduate racked up 36 appearances during Los Cules’ La Liga winning run last season, netting seven times along the way, though minutes have been hard to come by at Camp Nou this term following the emergence of 16-year-old sensation Lamine Yamal.
Full deals of Ansu Fati’s Brighton deal
Ansu Fati looks set to star in the Premier League for Brighton, though his arrangement with Albion is a straight loan only with no option or obligation to buy the winger built into the deal.
Brighton are believed to have beaten off competition from Tottenham and Chelsea for the 20-year-old as well as an attempt at the 11th hour from Sevilla to keep the attacker in Spain.
Their qualification for the Europa League and the prospect of continental football is thought to have given Brighton the edge on their rivals in negotiations.
The Seagulls will cover the majority of Fati’s salary and will hope to offer him a regular starting spot in their already exciting team.
Fati's father Bori had been pushing his son to contemplate an exit from Barcelona, however, despite covetous glances from Spurs and Chelsea, Fati has made Brighton his desired destination.
Another successful transfer window for Brighton
Regularly hailed for their recruitment work, Brighton have been busy making moves in the transfer window again this summer and their imminent capture of Ansu Fati might just be their best piece of business so far.
Albion have recouped almost £200m in incoming transfer fees this summer thanks to the sales of Moises Caicedo, Alexis Mac Allister and Robert Sanchez among others, while just under £100m has gone out in the other direction to strengthen the squad in a number of other areas.
Brighton made ex-Watford striker Joao Pedro their record signing in the summer, while Mahmoud Dahoud, James Milner and Carlos Baleba were acquired to strengthen their options in midfield.
Dahoud and Milner were brought in on free transfers from Dortmund and Liverpool respectively, while Baleba arrived for a fee close to £30m and comes with a big reputation following his time in France with Lille.
Promising keeper Bart Verbruggen was picked up from Anderlecht to fill the void between the sticks, while tough-tackline Brazilian defender Igor was also wrangled away from Serie A side Fiorentina.
Ansu Fati however, could prove to be the recruitment jewel in the crown for Brighton following the exciting forward’s decision to join the Seagulls ahead of his other suitors.
Fati made his Barca debut as a precocious 16-year-old in August 2019 and went on to score seven times in La Liga during a sparkling maiden campaign in Spain.