Ansu Fati, a striker from Spain, is about to make an unexpected season-long loan transfer from Barcelona to Brighton.
At Barcelona, where room is needed in the squad for the team to afford to sign Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo on a temporary loan, Fati has dropped down the pecking order.
Fati had also drawn interest from Tottenham, but it’s believed that Brighton’s style of play under manager Roberto de Zerbi won him over.
One of the most promising young players, Fati, who was born in Guinea-Bissau, decided to play for Spain and was a member of their World Cup squad last year.
The agreement between Brighton and the 20-year-old does not include a buy-now clause. He renewed his contract with Barcelona in 2021, extending it to 2027 and adding a 1 billion euro release clause.
If all goes according to plan, it would be a huge victory for Brighton, who will be participating in European football for the first time this season after qualifying for the Europa League.