Barcelona Star Ansu Fati Was ‘One Document Away’ from Move to Premier League

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Joan Monfort/Associated PressHe has become the most exciting young prospect in European football, yet Ansu Fati was being primed for a move to English football just weeks before he got his big break with Barcelona. In August, aged 16 years and 298 days, Fati became the second-youngest player to debut for the La Liga club, coming on late in a 5-2 win over Real Betis. One week later, he followed it up with his first professional goal in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna. Two weeks after that, he scored his first Camp Nou goal. He’s a teen sensation, but Bleacher Report has learned how it could have all been so different. Sources explained how, at the beginning of last summer, the 17-year-old was unsure how a career path would ever open up for him in Spain. No new contract had been signed, Barca manager Ernesto Valverde was not promoting La Masia talent to the first team, and a host of options were opening up. Clubs in La Liga, including his former side, Sevilla, were aware of his situation and that he could become available. So, too, were West Ham United